Former 100 Thieves coach Aleksandar ‘kassad’ Trifunović has provided further details about why he surprisingly left the organization’s Counter-Strike team.
100 Thieves first announced the departure of their head coach on April 28, claiming that after extensive discussions, the decision to part ways was mutual.
“We appreciate his work with the squad over the past few years,” the organization said in a Twitter post, celebrating the Serbian who was originally part of the Australian Renegades roster.
After extensive discussions, we’ve mutually agreed to part ways with our CS:GO Head Coach, Kassad. We appreciate his work with the squad over the past few years and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/PlkpD8Xwtb
— 100 Thieves Live (@100ThievesLive) April 28, 2020
In a Twitlonger, kassad delved further into details surrounding his decision to leave the team.
“I know this came as a suprise to everyone, but the truth is that we have been drifting apart in more ways than one for a while now,” he revealed. “I was personally generally unhappy with our progress and stagnation on the same level ever since the start of the last year.”
100 Thieves from Renegades in October 2019, they managed 2nd place at IEM Beijing, but since, the squad have endured a string of middling performances, and the stagnation in their performance was clear to see from the outside.
2020 has been filled with disappointing results finishing no higher than fifth at both offline and online events.
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These issues were briefly mentioned by kassad in his post: “The biggest difference in opinions was about how to approach and more importantly how to solve the problems that we had for a while now.”
That said, things seem to have ended on good terms. “There is no ‘bad blood’ between us,” the former coach insisted. “It's just towards the end our visions for the future of the team and how to reach the next level didn't align.”
— Aleksandar Trifunovic (@kassad) April 28, 2020
As for what’s next, while Trifunović said he doesn’t have anything lined up at the moment, he is open to discussing all offers that come his way, so it’s unlikely this is the last we’ll see from him.
It's unclear who 100T has in mind to take over as coach, and they are yet to announce a replacement.