ISL: Kerala Blasters appoint Ivan Vukomanovic as new head coach
Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters FC has appointed Serbias Ivan Vukomanovic as the clubs new head coach for the upcoming season.Vukomanovic will be the first Serbian to manage KBFC and comes with a broad experience of coaching in the top divisions of Belgium, Slovakia, and Cyprus.The 43-year-old began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Belgian club Standard Liege in 2013-14 season before his promotion in the subsequent term.Under him, the team secured qualification in the UEFA Europa league group stages for two years consecutively.
Under him, the team secured qualification in the UEFA Europa League group stages for two years consecutively. The ISL is due to start in mid-November this year.
Commenting on his appointment, Vukomanovic said: ''They have a professional approach about their vision, which gave me a very good feeling. After then seeing the army of fans and support KBFC has, I didn't hesitate a second.
''Immediately I knew that I wanted to become a member of the KBFC family, and I am very glad it happened. I hope we will all work together to make everyone who loves this beautiful club happy and proud. Yennum Yellow!'' he added.
Prior to his coaching career, Vukomanovic had a long and illustrious 15-year career as a professional footballer.
A former defender, who could also play in mid-field, Vukomanovic had to play stints with prominent French club FC Bordeaux as well as FC Koln in Germany, Royal Antwerp in Belgium, Dynamo Moscow in Russia, and Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
KBFC Sporting Director Karolis Skinkys said: ''It was a long process to choose the right candidate for the important head coach position. I think Ivan is the right fit for this big challenge and responsibility, someone who can handle the pressure here.'' The club conducted an individual training camp after the end of last season to help its players improve their fitness and skills during the off-season.
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