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Joseph Andac: “the KHL is a great League. I loved it here”

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Former head coach of “metallurg” Joseph Andac told how he learned of the dismissal after the defeat of the “Vityaz” (0:2) in the match of the KHL, and summarized the results of its work in Russia.

— After losing the match “Vityaz” Velichkin has declared that we are no longer working together. No swearing was not, I thanked him, said thank you for invited me to such a great team. So thank Velichkina that called me to Russia, in the KHL. He gave me time to work, I tried, believe me. Managed to chat with Vorobyov? Actually I had a little time, but yeah, we talked. I wished him good luck, want to see it happen. We are experienced in combined teams of Russia and Czech Republic. He led his team, I’m his… Playing with each other, said Andac.

— Time to say goodbye to hockey players “the Metallurgist”?

— Yes, Ilya Vorobiev allowed. The next day after the game with the “Vityaz” the team had a day off. Came to the locker room, wished everyone good luck. Said not to despair, we need to continue to work and to please the fans.

— Sergei Masakini, too, said good-bye?

— Yes, of course. We are in a normal relationship, not had any problems. All the rumors and what the press wrote about our misunderstanding, it’s all fiction.

— Ilya Vorobyov said that the team was not ready for the season.

— Actually, I don’t know what it said Ilya Vorobyov, so I can’t really respond. I can only say that for a short period of time we were constantly on the sick-list 5-6 players. The injury, the disease. The first match of the season, as you remember, we were with SKA. In training we were going full strength. How to prepare people for this match when they missed so many? In the first match of the season we lost.

— Your expectations from the KHL justified?

— I immediately loved it. You have a great League. It was a new experience for me. Competitive, tough, interesting League.

50-year-old Andac led a “Magnitogorsk” in the season 2018/19. Under his leadership, the team took third place in the East at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs, the team in the first round defeated “Salavat Yulaev” (2-4 in the series).

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