Chirag United Kerala have reportedly sacked their coach KP Kunhikrishnan today afternoon, following the team’s dismal performance in the Federation Cup 2011 at Kolkata. The owners of the club were expecting a good performance from the Kerala club in the tournament, but were unhappy about how the things turned out for them as they crashed out by losing all three matches.
Now, the management is considering to appoint formed Sri Lankan international defender Pakir Ali as the team’s head coach. Ali is an AFC A license holder and has coached teams like Sheikh Jamal KC of Bangladesh. His club career was with Abahani Limited in Dhaka where he won several titles with the club. The new coach is expected to take charge of the team by October 6, 2011.
Kunhikrishnan had joined Viva Kerala at the beginning of the 2010-11 season replacing the long standing AM Sreedharan at the team’s helm. He guided the club to a ninth place finish in the I-League 2010-11 and saved the team from relegation.
Chirag United Kerala has also released their Brazilian striker Alex Carioka and is searching for a better foreign player to fill the void. Alex, who joined the team before the Federation Cup was largely a flop in the group matches of the tournament. Earlier Subrata Bhattacharya, the team’s Technical Director, had expressed his concerns over the lack of quality of the foreigners who were added to the roster this season.