At the halfway mark of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season, FC Bayern Munich and head coach Dejan Radonjic have parted ways, the club announced on Tuesday. Assistant coach Oliver Kostic will take over Bayern's bench, starting with a Round 18 home game against defending champion CSKA Moscow on Friday.
Radonjic, 49, had been on the Bayern bench since April of 2018 and had an overall EuroLeague record of 20-26 with the team. This season, however, Bayern is 6-11 after losing six of its last eight games. Those 11 defeats have come by an average of 19.5 points, including the last one, a 30-point road blowout against Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade, Radonjic's former EuroLeague club, which he had led to the 2015-16 playoffs. Bayern started this season with a 3-2 record, but has since lost nine of 12 games. Under Radonjic, Bayern won consecutive German League titles in 2018 and 2019 and currently sits unbeaten atop that country's table with a 14-0 record.
Kostic, 46, had been an assistant coach for Zalgiris Kaunas and Crvena Zvezda, among others, before joining Bayern as a development coach in 2013, shortly after a head coaching stint with Lukoil Academic Sofia in the EuroCup.