Kerala Blasters have announced the departure of Head Coach Kibu Vicuña from the club with two games left in their ISL campaign. The Blasters are currently languishing in 10th place with three wins, seven draws and eight losses in the the 18 matches they played so far.
Kibu was signed by KBFC to replace the outgoing Dutch coach Eelco Schattorie prior to the start of the current ISL season. Vicuña had lead Mohun Bagan to the I-League title in the 2019-20 season. Before his stint in India with the Mariners, the Spaniard was head coach at Lithuanian side K Riteriai/FK Trakai following which he managed Wisła Płock, a Polish top division side, in 2018-19.
Assistant manager Ishfaq Ahmed will take charge of the team for the remaining two matches as the Blasters’ management go in search of their 11th managerial appointment in their eighth year of existence.
Unfortunately, the season has been unusual and unexpected.
My parents taught me to be responsible of what I am doing so I always give all my heart to it, but also give no excuses.
I want to thank all the management, players, coaching staff, and members of the club for their professionalism, kindness, and closeness.
Specially, I want to express my gratitude to all the Kerala Blasters fans for their support since the first till the last day, which makes you exceptional and amazing. I wish all of you and the club all the best in the future.
You deserve it.Kibu Vicuña to KBFC Media
I would like to thank Kibu for his honesty and responsibility in this decision.
We had a clear objective to make improvements this season. Unfortunately, the results were not what we expected.
We are grateful for his commitment and professionalism towards the club and wish him well for the future.Karolis Skinkys, Sporting Director, Kerala Blasters FC to KBFC Media