Bologna Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic Manages Team Despite Ongoing Chemotherapy For Leukaemia
Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic was in the dugout for his team's loss to Verona on Sunday as the Serbian took a break from receiving chemotherapy for leukemia to be at the game.
In July Mihajlovic revealed that he had been diagnosed with leukemia but was going to continue to manage the team that he took control of in January 2019.
However on Sunday the Serbian surprised his team by being in the dugout and in charge of their match against Verona. Speaking after the 1-1 draw winger Riccardo Orsolini said, "The coach told us this week that he wasn't 100 percent so we didn't think we would have him with us. It was an incredible surprise.
"We were so happy and it gave us an extra boost. We're just sorry that we didn't give him the victory."
Sending strength and best wishes to Sinisa Mihajlovic! We are all with you!- Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) August 25, 2019
In July Mihajlovic was strong in his belief that he would beat the illness, saying, "I have cried a lot on these days, but I don't like it when someone comes and pities me.
"It will take time but I'll recover. I always play to win, both in football and in life. I'll defeat leukaemia."
The Bologna boss is in his second spell managing the club. His first stint lasted less than a season in 2008/09, taking over in November 2008 with the club in the relegation zone and being sacked in April 2009 when the team dropped back in.
Last season though the former defender saved the club from the drop. The team earned 30 points from the end of January, when he took over from Filippo Inzaghi, and the club went over a relegation fight and finished 10th.
Sinsia has already made an incredible step in being in the dugout for the club's first game and we all hope he's back to full health soon enough.