Indian clubs need to be persistent with their coaches: Suman Chakraborty

Suman Chakraborty believes that it is high time Indian clubs develop a reasonable level of persistence when it comes to their attitude towards managers.

Vukomanovic began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Belgian club Standard Liege in the 2013-14 season. (Image Credit: Twitter/@KeralaBlasters)

Kerala Blasters FC (KBFC) have announced their decision to appoint Ivan Vukomanovic as the club’s new Head Coach ahead of the 2021/22 season of the Indian Super League (ISL). Ivan will be the first Serbian to manage the Kerala-based club and enjoys quality experience of coaching in the top divisions of Belgium, Slovakia, and Cyprus. However, KBFC is infamous for the lack of backing made available to a manager, with an inability to win silverware more often than not, resulting in the coach being shunted out. Ivan is the tenth man at the helm for the Kerala-based franchise.

Popular football commentator and critic Suman Chakraborty believes that it is high time Indian clubs develop a reasonable level of persistence when it comes to their attitude towards managers.

“Rome was not built in a day. Success is a process. Clubs have to back their managers through the tough times if they wish to eventually celebrate success. While some term the silverware won by Thomas Tuchel in his first season at Chelsea as an example of quick success, it is extremely rare. The biggest example is Sir Alex Ferguson. If Manchester United had opted to sack him during his early days when the legendary manager could not deliver the level of success expected, the world would have been denied an opportunity to witness a genius. The club has further taken a good decision by opting to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rather than replacing him, as demanded by the masses at a certain stage,” he says in an exclusive interaction with Sportslumo.

Ivan will make his presence felt

The popular football commentator backed the new KBFC manager to make his presence felt, highlighting his experience so far.

“Ivan was impactful initially as an assistant coach at Belgian club Standard Liege in the 2013-14 season, before his promotion in the subsequent term. Under him, the team secured qualification in the UEFA Europa League group stages two years consecutively. That is an indication of his prowess. His coaching team will also include Belgian assistant coach Patrik Van Kets, who comes with 18 years of experience as a professional footballing coach. Patrik enjoys a keen eye and an ability to nurture and cultivate young talent. I would back him to guide the youngsters well,” he added.

Ivan stated that he felt positive since his first contact with the club’s directors.

“From my first contact with the club’s directors, the feeling was positive. They have a professional approach about their vision, which gave me a very good feeling. After 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 stated as quoted by KBFC.

It will be interesting to witness the brand of football that the new KBFC manager introduces at an extremely prestigious club. A fine performance by the franchise will certainly be a great sight for fans and experts, considering the level of competition it would result in.




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