Kerala Blasters retain Josue Prieto, Antonio German; Steve Coppell takes charge
Steve Coppell during his visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium; image credit: Kerala Blasters
Mumbai: Maestro Sachin Tendulkar co-owned Indian Super League (ISL) franchise seem to have started their team building process for the upcoming third edition of the league. They kicked off their campaign by Spaniard Josue Currais Prieto and Englishman Antonio German for the ensuing season.
According to a report in Goal.com, the duo have apparently also given their consent for the next season. Having already signed Englishman Steve Coppell as their next coach, the Kerala side will definitely want to improve on their performance in the league. Blasters finished fourth in the inaugural edition in 2014, but they slipped to eighth in the last edition in 2015.
Both German and Prieto were more less success in the last edition and their contract renewal was on the cards too, provided the players’ nod. Twenty-four-year-old German scored six goals last season in nine appearances altogether. Preito, 23, scored a solitary goal against North East United FC in 11 matches he played so far.
It may be noted that team’s new coach Coppell visited the Blasters’ home ground Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium a day before. Coppell is highly regarded for his talent as a player and manager alike.
Being a right-winger, he was known for his speed and skills in the Manchester United during 1970s and early 80s. He scored 53 goals for the Man United in 322 appearances. Injury forced the currently 60-year-old British to quit ground and take to management.
It was under his guidance, Reading and Manchester City took big leaps to be in the reckoning at the top tier of the English Premier League. It is learnt that both the signings were approved by Coppell since his arrival to India.