Slabe takes over as coach of the Slovenia men's national team
Slabe is the coach of ACH Volley Ljublana, who recently made it to the playoffs of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League, while Gorbachov is also coach of Cup-winning team Calcit Kamnik.
Slabe was selected over compatriot Andrej Urnaut and Italians Alberto Giuliani and Emanuele Zanini. Slovenia is one of the 155 men’s teams that have registered to take part in the qualification process for the 2014 World Championship.
“I accepted this position after consulting my family and various knowledgeable people,” Slabe said. “I think that I can contribute more to Slovenia’s volleyball family than I have done up to now.
“As I was appointed head coach of ACH Volley, that was already a tremendous challenge and this task is no less demanding, but it’s different, as it requires even more responsibility.
“I will talk to every player, even to those who are supposed to have retired from the national team. Those who do not agree with my philosophy or do not want to be part of the group won’t be retained. I will be relying on all of Slovenia’s world-class players who have the potential and credentials to be included in the national team. It is their decision and their responsibility to accept this project.”
Slabe’s first short-term goal will be to qualify for the final round of the 2013 European Championship via the home-and-away matches with Croatia in June and then to help Slovenia make it to the World Championships.