Inter great Stankovic takes over at Degenek's Red Star

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Former Serbia and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic has been named as the new coach at Socceroos defender Milos Degenek's Red Star Belgrade.

It is the 41-year-old's first time as a manager, having previously worked as an assistant coach for Italian club Udinese.

Stankovic played for Red Star between 1995 and 1998 before enjoying spells at Lazio and Inter.

He succeeds Vladan Milojevic, who cited fatigue after quitting the Serbian champions.

Red Star were knocked out of the European Champions League after winning just one of their six group-stage matches, losing five.

"Red Star launched me many years ago with a mission to return here one day," Stankovic told a news conference.

"I've been a football man for 20 years and I've never seen an outgoing manager greet his successor with a smile.

"My staff and I are eager to carry on where Milojevic left off and we are aware of the pressure.

"This is an emotional moment but we have to put our emotions aside and work with cool heads in order to achieve our objectives."

Source AAP