ISL: I-League winning coach Kibu Vicuna in talks to take up role of head coach at Kerala Blasters FC

48-year-old Kibu Vicuna coached Mohun Bagan to their second I-League title (fifth national league) with four matches to spare

Press Trust of India March 19, 2020 22:25:33 IST
ISL: I-League winning coach Kibu Vicuna in talks to take up role of head coach at Kerala Blasters FC

Mohun Bagan's I-League winning coach Kibu Vicuna is in "talks" with Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters FC and a formal announcement of the appointment will be made soon, a team official said on Thursday.

ISL ILeague winning coach Kibu Vicuna in talks to take up role of head coach at Kerala Blasters FC

Kibu Vicuna celebrates with players after winning the I-League. Twitter@ILeagueOfficial

"Yes, we are in talks with Vicuna. We have also spoken to a few other coaches for the upcoming season. But due to the prevailing crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak, a formal announcement is due," a team official told PTI.

The 48-year-old coached Mohun Bagan to their second I-League title (fifth national league) with four matches to spare.

But in an irony of sorts, the Spaniard would not get his contract renewed as the century-old club's new principal owners, ATK, have made it clear that Antonio Lopez Habas would remain the head coach of the team which won a record third ISL title this time.

Mohun Bagan are all set to be rechristened ATK-Mohun Bagan from June, after the RPSG Group acquired a majority shareholding of 80 per cent in the oldest football club of the country.

Vicuna was not available for comment but according to sources, his negotiation with the Yellow brigade has reached "advanced level and the announcement is due anytime".

The Kochi-based outfit finished seventh in the recently-concluded ISL, failing to advance for a third time as the club is on a revamp mode with a new Lithuanian sporting director Karolis Skinkys playing a key role in roping in Vicuna.

They have also roped in former ATK left-back Tiri and promising Indian left-back Nishu Kumar, while retaining Bartholomew Ogbeche and Sergio Cidoncha.

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