ISL 2021-22: Chennaiyin FC appoints Bozidar Bandovic as head coach

Two-time ISL winners Chennaiyin FC on Saturday have appointed Bozidar Bandovic as head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season.

The 51-year old from Montenegro will take charge of the club on a one-year contract, a CFC press release said. Bandovic takes over from Czaba Laszlo, who was at the helm in the previous season of the Indian Super League.

The new Chennaiyin FC coach was quoted as saying, "I am ready and I cannot wait to start. After our conversations, I realised that this club is very special. I was very impressed. At Chennaiyin, I want us to be a team that knows what to do in different tactical situations while attacking, defending, and transitioning. My target is to improve the team and the players tactically, and individually," he added.

Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani said, "We are absolutely delighted to have someone like Bozidar Bandovic take up the mantle of head coach. What he has achieved in Thailand is a testament to his capabilities and we expect him to show similar efficiency in India."

Bandovic further said he watched many games from last year and would first evaluate and complete the team.

Last season, although Laszlo had Chennaiyin play an attractive brand of football, a lack of clinical finishing meant the '19-'20 finalists finished eighth in the table with 20 points from 20 games having scored just 17 goals, the lowest in the division by a margin.