Atlético Paranaense announce Dejan Petković is part of youth set up
Atlético Paranaense have confirmed that Dejan Petković is their new under-23 manager and will co-ordinate the youth set up at the club.
The Hurricane achieved promotion to the Brasileirão in 2012 and finished 3rd in their first season back in the division, thus earning a Copa Libertadores spot.
Petković will be charged with helping improve the youth system at the club and will be manager for the 2014 Campeonato Paranaense like former head coach Arthur Bernardes was in 2013.
Experienced Brazilian Bernardes achieved some success last season with Atlético Paranaense in the Campeonato as he got them into the final only for them to lose 5-3 to Coritiba over two legs.
However a poor display in the Brazilian U20 Championship resulted in his sacking and now Petković has a chance to show what he can do.
The Serbian played for a number of illustrious clubs during his 23-year playing career. He represented Spanish giants Real Madrid but also enjoyed a prominent spell in Brazil, a country where he has a great legacy.
His first spell was with Vitória in 1997 before he went on to appear for Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense and Santos amongst other clubs in Brazil.
Petković will hope to enjoy the same success he had as a player in his new managerial career, although his lack of experience does leave question marks over his appointment.