Two years, two I-League titles, Vincenzo Alberto Annese feels it’s time to transfer on.
The massively profitable coach is bidding adieu to Gokulam Kerala, the staff he became the I-League soccer champion in two successive years. He is prone to stay in India, although. He has already been approached by ISL golf equipment, it’s learnt.
“I will be able to make an announcement within two or three weeks and yes, I might be joining an ISL team,” Annese advised The Hindu.
“I decided to leave Gokulam because I wanted a new challenge.”
The 37-year-old Italian is pleased with his achievements at Gokulam. “Both the I-League titles mean a lot to me, but this year’s is really special, because defending the title is a lot different from winning it for the first time,” he mentioned.
“Besides, it was a virtually different team that we fielded this season as most of the players had been released.”
Annese mentioned he had fun at Gokulam. “The management gave me complete support,” he mentioned. “I had the total freedom to select the players I wanted.”
Looking again at Gokulam’s marketing campaign this season, he mentioned he was assured that his boys would win towards Mohammedan Sporting regardless of the shock loss to Sreenidi FC within the earlier sport. Gokulam required a draw, however defeated Mohammedans 2-1.
“I had no doubt that we would beat Mohammedans,” he mentioned. “I am really proud of the way Gokulam performed over the last two seasons. We had a record 21 unbeaten games.”
Icing on the cake
He mentioned he was glad to notice that 12 completely different gamers scored 44 objectives within the I-League this season. “It was nice to see that we were able to score some big wins,” he mentioned. “And I was really happy when I won the I-League’s award for the best coach of the month in April.”
He mentioned Emil Benny was one of the best Indian participant he got here throughout at Gokulam. “He is good enough to play for the national team,” he mentioned. “M.S. Jithin too is very good. I was glad that I could select and groom several other Kerala players at Gokulam.”
He mentioned he had been following the ISL intently, too. “The biggest difference between the ISL and the I-League is the quality of foreign players,” mentioned Annese.
“Look at the way Adrian Luna and other foreigners transformed Kerala Blasters,” he signed off.