Slovenia technical director claims he 'has an offer' to join Nottingham Forest

Marin Pavlin has been the director of national teams for the Slovenian FA for the past four years, overseeing their run at Euro 2024, which included a goalless draw with England
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Nottingham Forest are reportedly set to appoint former Slovenia international Miran Pavlin as a technical director.

Pavlin, who has worked with Slovenian FA as director of the national teams for the past four years, has told media in his home country that he has accepted a role at the City Ground after an offer from Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis. It’s said he will start in the position on July 15.

The 52-year-old, a midfielder for Porto and Freiburg in his playing days, represented his country at Euro 2000 and at the 2002 World Cup. After hanging up his boots, he worked behind the scenes at a number of Slovenian clubs before getting the job with the FA.

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Pavlin says he first spoke to Marinakis in May, but wanted to see through Slovenia’s Euro 2024 journey. They drew all three of their group games, including one with England, to qualify for the last 16, where they lost to Portugal on penalties.

“I got an offer from the owner of Nottingham Forest, Evangelos Marinakis, who also owns Olympiakos and the Portuguese club Rio Ave,” Pavlin told Slovenian newspaper Delo. “At 52, I didn't think much.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world, I got the opportunity to work in a conglomerate of three clubs. This is a huge challenge for me. We agreed about two weeks ago, and I also revealed my decision to the president of the NZS (Slovenian FA), Radenko Mijatovic, before the match with England.

“We (Pavlin and Marinakis) started talking in May. I decided to take on the challenge after the European Championship, once one story was concluded. As for my work at the NZS, I am leaving this area in good condition, and I believe that the position of national teams director will continue to be in good hands.”

If Pavlin's claim comes to fruition it appears he will work alongside the directors already at Forest, with no news of any departures. Working alongside manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Forest have director of football Kyriakos Dourekas, chief football officer Ross Wilson, and head of football operations Ed Henderson.

NottinghamshireLive has contacted Forest for comment.

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