In 1980, players
from the Eastern bloc were all the rage in England. Manchester City
had Denya, Southampton had Golac, Manchester United had Jovanovic.
Canaries manager John Bond attempted to emulate these purchases but he got
his fingers burned. Spending a then club record fee of £300,000
(which stood for seven years) for Yugoslav international Drazen
Muzinic in September 1980, Bond was faced with two problems - where
to play him and how to communicate with him. Neither of which were
solved by Bond nor his successor Ken Brown
who canceled Drazen's contract in July 1982. In nearly two years,
Muzinic played 23 times for the Canaries, six times as substitute.
In Yugoslavia, Drazen had helped Hadjuk Split to four league titles
and five cups, gaining international recognition on 36 occasions.
In England, Muzinic appeared to lack skill on the playing field.
As Bond had not seen Muzinic play, Justin
Fashanu quipped "I don't think we got Muzinic, I reckon they
sent his milkman"
Muzinic is currently working as a scout for Hadjuk Split.