Man Utd icon Nemanja Vidic faces battle with man once accused of fraud in his own transfer as he seeks shock new job
NEMANJA VIDIC is battling a Serbian legend for his next job.
The Manchester United icon has been completing a Uefa course to help him prepare for life in the boardroom.
And he wants to become the next president of the Serbian FA.
But to land the role he must fight off competition from Dragan Dzajic, according to Euro News.
Dzajic, 76, is considered one of Serbia’s best ever players and he has plenty of experience working at the highest level, including roles as the technical advisor and president of Red Star Belgrade, who he also played for.
His paths crossed with Vidic while Red Star president, overseeing the defender’s sale to United.
The transfer was later the focus of a 2011 fraud case brought against Dzajic over his dealings as club president.
Dzajic denied wrongdoing and the charges were dropped a year later when former Serbia president Tomislav Nikolić pardoned Dzajic.
Vidic hopes to beat Dzajic to the position and revealed he has been improving several skills related to the role.
He said: “I understand the football field. I did a course with the English FA and finished my Pro Licence at St George’s.
“Why I am here is to learn about commercial, finance, communication and marketing — which I understood because I was playing for United but we go really deep into it now.
“In Serbia, the problem is we are staying too much back.
“We didn’t go forward in terms of digitalization, professionalisation and transparency. Serbia is late. We have a lot of talents.
“We have clever people but we just need someone who’s going to point the direction and give a chance to the young generation. This is the world of the young.
“Me coming back is saying I like to be in Serbia. I love Serbia. I’m in my best age and I want to help, if I can, the Serbian community or Serbian football.
“This education here helps me to have knowledge and contacts that I can use to help Serbia football in any way.”