Zalgiris Kaunas announced that the club has finalized the agreement with Spanish coach Joan Plaza, who signed a one-year-deal with the Lithuanian champions. Talks of the 48-year-old Spaniard taking over at Zalgiris have been circulating for a while, but it became official only yesterday.
Plaza spent the last three seasons coaching Cajasol Seville. Before that, the coach was at the helm at Real Madrid for three years, which included winning the ULEB Cup and the Spanish title in 2007.
“Plaza is a qualified and strict coach. He told me loud and clear what he’s capable of and what his demands are. The coach didn’t say that the team had to be built of only very well known players. He’s ready to work with the youth too,” said the owner of the club Vladimir Romanov.
According to Romanov, the club is looking into the chances of bringing Darjus Lavrinovic and Sarunas Jasikevicius to Kaunas. In that case, the club would only have a single foreign player in Marko Popovic.