The Kochi-based club has appointed eight full-time managers ahead of Vukmanovich in its seven-year history …
Twice Indian Super League (ISL) runners-up Kerala Blasters are not known for their patience with managers, and no manager has started two consecutive seasons with the club in his seven-year history.
The club has not qualified for the ISL playoffs since 2016 and this track record has seen many managers move to the Kochi base club. After parting ways with Cabo Vicona at the end of last season, after a disappointing race to the results, the Blasters have now appointed Serbian coach Ivan Vukomanovic to take charge.
The former Apollo Limassol manager will now have to manage the expectations of a long fan base that has lacked success for a long time. And given the history of the Blasters’ administration, Vukomanovich will have to provide an ax or face them.
But the 44-year-old is not surprised by the pressure he will face at his new club.
“I grew up in an environment with a lot of fans and pressure. Pressure is a positive thing.” the aim.
“In football, nothing happens overnight. In modern football, the key word is consistency. To win trophies and work on good projects, you need at least one season like not putting everything in place. Like putting pieces together in a puzzle. If you want to make good things, you have to work in the right way, intelligently and consistently. Then as a club you are invincible. I want to see, After leaving, to be invincible at home, to see this fire, you need to know the players and deal with the pressure and be able to wear a yellow shirt.
“There are no immediate solutions in football. I hope we can make a lot of people happy and proud.”
The Blasters were second from bottom last season but they have some talented youngsters like Rahul KP, Jackson Singh, Gavin Singh, Ravi Harmapam and more. Vukomonovich is counting the young man’s blood as he looks to revive the club’s fortunes.
Its first task is to ensure that the club develops a reputation for being ‘tough on defeat’.
“Our first task is to improve many aspects and add some new things. And obviously improve collectively and individually. KBFC has a good group of young players, some national team players. Who can be better and can be a better team. When you are working towards this goal in the right way, results will come out.
“I would not say that our first season will be a time of transition. We want to be unbeaten when we are playing in Kochi. Everyone should know that we are a tough team to beat.”
Vukomonovic also gave an insight into what his philosophy would be like in the Kerala Blasters, reiterating the fact that his main focus would be to build a very strong team to beat the club.
“All systems are good (for me). It depends on your substance (players) in the dressing room. Players who can complete the work on the field.
“Then it’s shielding your opponent and their weaknesses and how to use your strengths. And it depends on the game. I would like to make a team that is hard to beat.”