Cercle Brugge have announced that head coach Miron Muslic has agreed a new contract until 2025. The Austrian joined the club initially as an assistant in October of 2021, taking over as the clubs permanent head coach in September 2022. Under Muslic, the side reached their best finish in years as they qualified for play-off two.
So far this season they have been one of the most entertaining sides in the league. Cercle are in sixth place, which would be enough to make the championship play-offs at the end of the season. Despite losing top scorer Ayase Ueda in the summer, Muslic has managed to get more goals out of Togolese international Kevin Denkey, who is joint league wide top scorer with 11 goals this season.
Under Muslic, the side lead the league in winning the ball back in the final third, with the most success tackles per match as well with 14. They are third in goals conceded with one per game, as well as second in clean sheets this season with seven. During their 16 games in the Pro League this season Cercle have only drawn one, winning eight and losing seven.
Cercle have had a long standing partnership with AS Monaco, with young players having joined the side on loan. One architect of the success of the partnership for Cercle was Carlos Avina, now sporting director at Monaco. During his time in the same role in Brugge, Avina was the main reason Muslic was put in charge and was also the one who worked closely with the clubs scouting department to sign players like Denkey.