Varela returns as Gokulam Kerala coach

Fernando Santiago Varela has returned to Gokulam Kerala as the head coach after a short stint earlier at the Kozhikode-based club.

Varela's first assignment will be the Durand Cup, to be held in Kolkata next month.   -  Special Arrangement

Fernando Santiago Varela is back as Gokulam Kerala’s coach. The Spaniard has taken over from Gift Raikhan, who has returned to Neroca FC after joining Gokulam midway through last I-League, replacing Bino George.

Bino was in charge of the team after Varela’s first stint lasted only a few months last year. Bino remains as the team’s technical director.

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“It is a great honour to be back,”said Varela. “I had some unavoidable circumstances in Spain and had to leave before the I-League started. Now I am back.”

His first assignment will be the Durand Cup, to be held in Kolkata next month.

“We will be vying for top honours this season,"said Varela. "The players have already started fitness sessions and now I will oversee the training sessions. We have to prepare well for the Durand Cup. It is great to be back here and now I have got a historic tournament as my first assignment.”  

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The Barcelona-based Fernando Varela has previously coached Catalalan club CF Gava before joining Gokulam. He is the author of the book 'Futbol Inteligente’.