ISL: Kerala Blasters coach Rene Meulensteen resigns
Bengaluru, January 2: Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters on Tuesday (January 2) said they have parted ways with their coach Rene Meulensteen after a poor start to their season.
His resignation comes on a day when Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen stepped down for similar reasons.
Blasters have just one win in the ISL so far. They are placed eighth in the 10-man table and have recorded four draws and two losses. Despite signing former Manchester United stalwarts Dimitar Berbatov and defender Wes Brown, the Kochi-based club is yet to make an impact in the league.
'I'd like to thank the management, staff, players and amazing fans for this experience and wish them well for the future,' Meulensteen said in a statement.
Club CEO confirmed his departure. 'The club likes to thank Rene for all the hard work in his time at the club. The replacement would be announced soon,' said Varun Tripuraneni, CEO of Kerala Blasters.
The club, in its official communication, said Meulensteen cited personal reasons for stepping down from the job.
The club will be temporarily managed by assistant coach Thangboi Singto, who was with Shillong Lajong last year in the I-League.
Meulensteen's resignation comes after a disappointing 1-3 loss to Bengaluru FC on New Year's Eve (December 31) at home (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium). They will play their next game on January 4 against confident FC Pune City.
Meulensteen is a former assistant coach of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Kerala Blasters are two-time finalists and lost their chance to bag the ISL title to ATK (then named Atletico de Kolkata). They were coached to the final in 2014 by David James and in 2016 by Steve Coppell, the current Jamshedpur FC coach.