FirstSportz Exclusive: Chennaiyin FC in talks to appoint Real Betis legend Risto Vidakovic

Chennaiyin FC are looking to hire a new manager for the upcoming 2021/22 season. They are linked with potential candidates and Risto Vidakovic is one of them

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According to close reports from the club sources of Chennaiyin FC, the Indian Super League outfit is are in talks with former Real Betis legend and Serbia coach, Risto Vidakovic. The Chennai-based outfit of the Indian Super League are looking to appoint the Serbian international as the gaffer for the 2021/22 season. Csaba László was appointed for the 2020/21 season but the club parted ways with Romanian-Hungarian international at the end of the season.

Chennaiyin FC had a poor season in 2020/21 as they finished eighth on the points table with just 20 points to be their name. The team could just amass three wins from their 18 games and were out of contention for the playoffs very early. This was the reason behind the sack of Csaba Laszlo.

Who is Risto Vidakovic?

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Risto Vidakovic is the former Serbian footballer who not only played in the Serbian top-flight but also played for the likes of CA Osasuna and Real Betis. He also played for the now-defunct, Poli Ejido before calling his playing career. He soon registered to get the coaching badges. Taking his coaching badges into consideration, he was appointed as the assistant manager for the Serbian national team. He worked under Javier Clemente as an assistant manager for a year.

Soon he was signed up by Real Murcia CF, Segunda B division club as the assistant manager. He became manager for Cadiz CF in 2010 but couldn’t last for more than 16 games despite registering 1.75 points per match. However, the best was yet to come. Real Betis B appointed him as the manager and his first long stint came to existence. He managed the second-string side of Betis for 44 games before calling it off. He later joined the Philippines outfit, Ceres Negros FC.

During his stay with Ceres Negros FC, Risto Vidakovic managed to win four consecutive titles as well as one Philippines Cup to his name. Risto Vidakovic’s side in the Phillipines’ top-flight had registered 1.86 points to their name during his tenure.

Risto Vidakovic has managed the Asian outfit, Maziya S and RC and knows how Asian football works. He has closely watched Asian football and is held high amongst his peers. The manager prefers an attacking football with a 4-3-3 formation which Chennaiyin FC is accustomed to. Both can adapt quickly to each other without intense training. His CV is shared with the Indian Super League outfit along with few more candidates. Can he end the title drought for Chennaiyin FC?

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