Robert Koren had an extremely successful career in England, becoming a key player at both West Bromwich Albion and Hull City during his seven-year spell in the country.
Scoring nine league goals from midfield during the 2007/08 season, he guided the Baggies to the Premier League in his first full campaign at the club and made 35 appearances in the Premier League the following term before they were relegated back to the second tier.
He also did well during 2009/10 under Roberto Di Matteo at The Hawthorns, recording nine goal contributions and helping them to achieve automatic promotion to the top flight, although the club decided not to extend his contract after that.
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But their loss was Hull City’s gain, with the former Slovenian international arriving at the MKM Stadium in August 2010 and enjoying a four-year spell in East Yorkshire, having an exceptional first three campaigns with the club in the Championship.
During these three years, he scored 26 times and registered 20 assists in 121 second-tier appearances. It’s safe to say he was key to the Tigers’ promotion back to the Premier League following a three-year absence, but he didn’t manage to have the same impact in the top tier.
Scoring just twice in 22 displays in the top division during the 2013/14 campaign, he was released at the end of that season and decided to move to the other side of the world as he joined Melbourne City in Australia.
Despite having a respectable first season in the A-League, he failed to replicate his form during 2015/16 and left midway through the season after the two parties decided to terminate his contract prematurely.
As per Kicker, he returned to former side Dravograd in home nation Slovenia in 2017 for just one season before ending his playing career – and remained in the country to take charge of Slovenian second-tier side Fuzinar in 2020 after first getting into coaching as the assistant manager of NK Celje.
He didn’t last long as head coach though, taking charge of just seven matches, winning just one and spending less than seven months there.
At just 41 though, this is just the start of what could be a bright managerial career – and you certainly wouldn’t rule out him making a return to England at some point.
West Bromwich Albion look to be under the stewardship of Valerien Ismael for the long term unless he’s poached by another team – but there will always be question marks over Grant McCann whilst Hull City are in and around the relegation zone.
He may even return to be a coach under a manager – but after getting his first taste of management – he may want more despite a torrid maiden spell in that position at Fuzinar.