Indian Super League announced on Wednesday, that Football Club Kerela blasters have parted ways with Head Coach Elco Schattorie after one season at the helm of affairs.
The Dutchman was in charge of the Kochi-based outfit in the ISL 2019-20 and guided the club to a seventh place.
“Kerala Blasters FC have parted ways with the Head Coach, Eelco Schattorie. We’d like to thank Eelco for his efforts and services during his tenure and wish him the best for the future,” Kerala Blasters tweeted.
The 48-year-old first landed on Indian shores when he took over Kolkata-based Prayag United back in 2012. After becoming as the head coach for Kolkata giants East Bengal for the 2015 season, he joined Avram Grant’s NorthEast United set up for parts of the 2016 ISL season, before taking over as head coach for the 2018-19 campaign.
As a head coach in the ISL in his first season, Schattorie performed brilliantly and took Guwahati-based NorthEast United to the semi-finals for the first time. After leading the NorthEast United to their best-ever campaign in the club’s history, Schattorie replaced Nelo Vingada as the Kerala Blasters head coach heading into ISL 2019-20.
Dutchman repeated the same success with Kerela, in which he achieved with North East United.
A series of recurring injuries among the key players including Sandhya Jhingan severely handicapped Kerala’s campaign as they finished seventh in the table with 19 points from 18 matches.
Despite not making the top four, Schattorie’s Kerala side found a lot of compliments for their free-flowing attacking style in a football.