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Marius Lacatus to coach Steaua again

Marius Lacatus will be Steaua Bucharest’s new head coach, club owner Gigi Becali announced on Sunday evening on GSP TV.


“Marius Lacatus is Steaua’s new head coach. We’ve talked for five minutes and I’ve convinced him. We’ve negotiated and have reached a one-season agreement. I told him he has to be ruthless with the players, should not be gentle towards them,” Becali stated.


Steaua’s owner added that the club will take measures against several players unless they extend their contracts, with Janos Szekely being one of them. “He has to win the title or finish on second place, otherwise we will part ways,” Becali added. Gigi Becali had stated on Sunday, after the game that Steaua lost to Otelul (0-1), that interim head coach Eduard Iordanescu will be replaced. It was Eduard Iordanescu’s second game at Steaua’s helm after the Romanian Cup game won against Gaz Metan CFR Craiova (1-0).
Earlier this season Steaua was coached by Victor Piturca (leg 1-3) and Ilie Dumitrescu (leg 4-8).


Marius Lacatus previously coached Steaua in 2007-2008 and in 2009. Last season he coached FC Vaslui, a team that finished on third place in League I, but then he and his family left for Spain. Lacatus will make his debut on Thursday in a Europa League game against Napoli. Former head coach Emeric Ienei gave Marius Lacatus some pieces of advice before his third stint at Steaua. Thus, Ienei warns Marius Lacatus that unless he pays attention when negotiating with Gigi Becali he could end up just like he did in his previous two terms at the team’s helm.


“I am glad for Marius Lacatus because he is Steaua’s symbol. He will probably take some measures to make things better for him considering what happened in the past. I wish him good luck with all my heart. Marius Lacatus has a lot of things to do at Steaua. First of all he has to build a connection between Steaua’s players and those that recently came from Unirea Urziceni. He will then have to evaluate his extended lineup and to behave with the players as a head coach should,” Emeric Ienei stated on GSP TV.


“Steaua Bucharest can win the title despite losing the game against Otelul Galati. Rapid Bucharest is a serious contender. I believe Lacatus should build a main lineup instead of changing it all the time,” Ienei added.

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