The Portuguese coach replaces David James, who was sacked after the Blasters’ humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Mumbai City before the international break.

Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters have announced the appointment of Nelo Vingada as their new head coach. The Portuguese gaffer replaces David James who was sacked after Kerala’s heavy defeat to Mumbai City before the international break.

Vingada is not an unknown figure to football fans in India. In ISL Season 3, he coached NorthEast United FC and helped them finish fifth in the points table. 

Meanwhile, the Blasters are currently languishing at eighth in the table and their chances of making it into the playoffs are bleak. Vingada will be looking to steer the team to a respectable position come the end of the current campaign. 

The 65-year-old gaffer has an impressive CV, having coached the likes of the Portuguese national team. He has also managed in countries like Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Malaysia. 

There is no denying that Vingada’s experience will be crucial for the Blasters for the remainder of the season. 


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“We are happy to welcome Nelo Vingada to Kerala Blasters. With his impressive register of achievements and years of notable expertise, we are positive that his tenure will be successful, not just for the remaining season of the ISL, but also for the upcoming Super Cup. We wish Nelo all the best on his new assignment.” said Nitin Kukreja.

Vingada has asserted that he hopes to see good results for the team. He said, “I am equally thrilled to join Kerala Blasters for the remaining season of the ISL. It has always been a pleasure to work with talented Indian boys and I hope to see good results for the team in their upcoming matches.”