Chennaiyin FC have appointed Montenegrin manager Božidar Bandović as the new head coach ahead of the 2021-22 ISL season. The 51-year-old was previously manager at Thai club Buriram United FC and led them to two back to back Thai League 1 titles in 2017 and 2018.
Formerly a player, Bandović played most of his club football in Greece for clubs like Olympiacos FC and PAOK FC among others. The defender also turned up for Red Star Belgrade between the years 1992 and 1995.
Božidar started his coaching career as assistant coach at Greek clubs FC Akratitos (2004-05) and FC Kerkyra (2005-06) and helped the clubs win promotion from the second division. Between the years 2008 and 2010, he was assistant coach at Olympiacos and temporarily took over as head coach as well for a brief period. He won the SuperLeague Greece, the Greek Cup and the Greek Super Cup as assistant manager.
After a couple more coaching assignments in Greece and Azerbaijan, Bandović moved to Thailand in 2014 to manage Buriram United and a couple of other Thai professional clubs. In 2016, he returned for a second stint at BUFC and helped them win the league twice. He was also named Thai Premier League (Thai League 1) coach of the year in 2018.
Looking over his stats, Bandović has managed 253 games as manager winning 123, drawing 57 and losing 73 giving him an average of 1.68 points per match. At Buriram, he averages an impressive 2.13 points per match (matches 120 played 79 drawn 19 lost 22). The manager prefers to line his teams up in a 3-5-2 (Attack)/5-3-2 formation.
The UEFA Pro Licence holder now joins Chennaiyin FC after leaving Buriram last year. He replaces the outgoing coach – the Romanian–Hungarian manager Csaba László