Kerala Blasters FC announced the contract extension of their head coach Ivan Vukomanović, for three more years, till 2025.
Under Vukomanovic, Kerala Blasters reached the finals of the Indian Super League 2021-22 – their third final appearance overall – but went down fighting to Hyderabad FC on penalties. The club also reached numerous milestones under the Serbian, including a 10-match unbeaten run that saw the Blasters climb to the top of the table for the first time in their history. The club also recorded its highest goals scored, highest points obtained, highest number of wins and least number of losses, under him.
“Since joining Kerala Blasters, Ivan has had a transformational effect on the club’s playing style and has guided the team to its third ISL finals appearance, setting a string of significant club records along the way,” the club said in a statement.
The coach was also credited for promoting several young Indian players like Prabhsukhan Gill, Ruivah Hormipam, Puitea and Ayush Adhikari.
Said Blasters sporting director Karolis Skinkys, “I'm happy that we agreed on a three-year deal with Ivan. He adapted seamlessly and is an integral part of the Blasters family. I think it is an important move for our club, and we now have a strong base to continue our work with consistency and achieve more goals. I would like to congratulate all Kerala Blasters fans with this extension.”
Vukomanović said he was thrilled with the contract extension. “Since we started our cooperation last year, I felt the right energy and emotion around this beautiful club. I was immediately attracted by people leading this project, by fans, and Kerala. Today, we have a great opportunity to continue in the same direction with more commitment and dedication. I am very pleased and happy with this contract extension. Hope that we all will have even more motivation to be better in next seasons.”