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Indian Super League: Kerala Blasters appoint former Man United coach Rene Meulensteen as head coach

Goal.com logo Goal.com 14-07-2017

Kerala Blasters have pulled off a coup of sorts by securing the services of former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen for the upcoming Indian Super League season.

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The Dutchman will take over from Steve Coppell, who has joined the new Tata Stell owned outfit, Jamshedpur FC. Initially, former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce was in talks to take over the job. However, it was Meulensteen who has been finally handed the hot seat.

The 53-year-old is well known for 11 years he spent in various coaching capacities at Manchester United under the reign of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, in two spells.

More importantly, the Dutchman was the first-team coach at United from 2007 onward as he played an integral role in the Red Devils winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League title in 2008.

He left United at the end of the 2012-13 season when Sir Alex Ferguson retired, with incoming boss David Moyes bringing his own support staff. Meulensteen then took over Fulham FC in November 2013 but was sacked in February following poor results, with German manager Felix Magath replacing him.

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