Northeast United FC have appointed World Cup bronze medallist and former Croatian U-19 & U-20 coach Robert Jarni as the new head coach for the upcoming ISL season.
Jarni was current Indian coach Igor Štimac’s teammate at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in which Croatia finished third. A left fullback as a player, Jarni turned up for Croatian club Hajduk Split, Italian clubs Bari, Torino, Juventus and Spanish clubs Real Betis and Real Madrid among others.
Robert’s managerial career began as an assistant manager at Hajduk Split to head coach Sergije Krešić in August 2007 before taking over as head coach in October of the same year. After the club finished fifth in the league and 30 points behind rivals and league winners Dinamo Zagreb, Jarni was replaced by Goran Vučević.
In August 2010, Jarni was appointed head coach of another Croatian club – NK Istra 1961. He resigned a month later after the club failed to record a win in six league matches.
Over the next few years, Jarni spent a season each at Bosnian club FK Sarajevo (2013-14), Hungarian clubs Pécsi MFC (2014-15) and Puskás Akadémia FC (2015-16).
The Croatian FA was appointed Jarni as coach for the Croatian U-19/U-20 teams in June 2017. His 10 matches in charge yielded five wins, a draw and four losses.
Jarni left his post as youth coach in May 2019 and he joins Northeast United for the upcoming 2019-20 Indian Super League season.