One of Manchester United's most prominent past wingers, Steve Coppell, is set to be announced as the head coach for Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters ahead of ISL 2016, Sky Sports reported. The recent development also brings to rest speculations that the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned side are trying to rope in a non-English coach for the first time.
Coppell, 60, who has managed Crystal Palace and Manchester City in the past, has also agreed to take over as the coach of the Indian football side, the British publication has further added.
Kerala publication Manorama has quoted sources and said that the Kerala Blasters team management indulged in talks with the Englishman for some days and the negotiations went well. Coppell has over 30 years of coaching experience under his belt and he was recently associated with English side Portsmouth as the director of football.
Coppell, referred to as one of the most lethal wingers of his time, made a total of 322 appearances for the Red Devils between 1975 and 1983, scoring 53 times. His playing career was cut short owing to a knee injury and thereafter, he entered football management.
Coppell will become the fifth English manager to join Kerala Blasters in three years. Englishmen David James, Peter Taylor, Trevor Morgan and Terry Phelan were the previous managers at Kerala Blasters in the last two seasons.