By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Sport Bild Report: Bjelica's FCU contract contains two non-relegation bonuses

At his first official pre-match presser yesterday, newly appointed 1. FC Union Berlin trainer Nenad Bjelica declared himself "convinced that the club will soon have nothing further to do with relegation". 

In the event that the 52-year-old is proven correct, Germany's main sporting tabloid reports that the new FCU gaffer has two favorable bonus clauses anchored in his current contract. 
At a presser preceding today's Champions' League showdown against Braga yesterday, new 1. FC Union Berlin trainer Nenad Bjelica declared himself unfazed by upcoming fixtures against the Portuguese powerhouse and German giants FC Bayern München. Just a few days after his appointment, the former 1. FC Kaiserslautern midfield strategist and Croatian international noted that "there wasn't time to make any major changes" and prioritized "building up the team psychologically" as his top priorities.

"I prefer to speak on the pitch," Bjelica was sure to note, "My teams play with high intensity and a hard press. I'm convinced that we'll soon have nothing more to do with relegation. I can be just as successful as my predecessor. I'll get a sense of the team. Those who deliver on the pitch will quickly become my best friends. Those who don't will have problems."

Germany's main sporting tabloid reported on Wednesday that Oliver Ruhnert and the FCU administrative team hired the journeyman coach with potential a potential relegation from the top flight in mind. "Sport Bild" claims that the man who did once coach Leipzig stars Dani Olmo and Josko Gvardiol has two relegation-related clauses in his contract.

Should die Eisernen manage to avoid the drop, Bjelica will receive a €100,000 bonus. Additionally, his current contract (originally set to run through the end of the 2024/25 campaign) will be automatically extended by a further year. Union remain without a win in any of the three competitions (league, cup, and Champions' League) they're participating in since August. 

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