Chennaiyin FC (CFC) have roped in the services of Bozidar Bandovic as head coach ahead of the 2021-22 ISL season.
Chennaiyin FC (CFC) have appointed Bozidar Bandovic as head coach ahead of the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) season. The 51-year-old will take charge of the club on a one-year contract. Bandovic’s most recent stint at Buriram United boasts of successive Thai League titles (2016-17 & 2017-18). He was further given the Thai League Manager of the Year award in 2017-18. Bandovic’s consecutive championship-winning seasons saw the club first establish, and then break their own record for most points secured in Thai League history.
“I am delighted to join the Chennaiyin family. Ready and I cannot wait to start! After our conversations, I realised that this club is very special. I was very impressed,” said the new head coach as quoted by the Chennai-based franchise’s official website.
“At Chennaiyin, I want us to be a team that knows what to do in different tactical situations while attacking, defending, and transitioning. My target is to improve the team and the players tactically, and individually. I did watch many games from last year and we will first evaluate and complete the team. Of course, I need more time to train the players to know them better,” added the former Yugoslavian national team youth player.
Bandovic’s playing career in the top-flight includes stints at Red Star Belgrade, Olympiacos, and POAK.
Buriram United’s 2017-18 league winning campaign was furthered by their progression to the Round of 16 of the AFC Champions League under Bandovic. They further recorded a semi-final finish in the Thai League Cup and an appearance in the final of the Thai FA Cup. The coach from Montenegro led the club to a triumph in the Thai Champions Cup in the following season (2019-20). They also managed to reach the final of the Thai League Cup, going on to crash out in the penalty shootout. Bandovic’s stint with Buriram United ended with 86 wins, 22 draws and 23 losses in the 131 matches in charge.
Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani expressed her delight after Bandovic took up the mantle
“We are absolutely delighted to have someone like Bozidar Bandovic take up the mantle of head coach. What he has achieved in Thailand is a testament to his capabilities and we expect him to show similar efficiency in India,” she said.
Kerala Blasters FC have further announced that Werner Martens and Slaven Progoveki have joined the club’s coaching staff for the upcoming ISL season. Werner Martens will be the strength and conditioning coach. Slaven will be the goalkeeping coach for the club.
Werner comes with a wealth of experience. He worked in the premier divisions of Belgium, Slovakia, Holland, and Saudi Arabia. The 39-year-old has more than 10 years of experience in the area of football fitness and conditioning.
Slaven Progovecki comes with 20+ years of experience as a Goalkeeping Coach. He worked with various clubs in and around Serbia. Progovecki was also the goalkeeping coach of the U14 and U15 Serbian National Team from the year 2019 to 2020.