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Phelan is Blasters’ gaffer now

The Kerala Blasters FC has roped in former Irish World Cupper Terrence ‘Terry’ Phelan as its head coach in the Indian Super League after the exit of Englishman Peter Taylor.

Phelan has been with Blasters for the last few months as the technical director of its grassroots initiative and head of its football schools programme in Kochi, and the club did not have to look far after Taylor’s departure following a string of losses.

“We have been working with Terry during the last one year on the Kerala Blasters Football Schools initiative, and his contribution in this regard has been immense. He has interacted with the squad from the start of the season, and the players share a comfortable rapport with him,” said the Blasters’ CEO Viren D’Silva in a release on Sunday. “I think Terry will allow the players to express themselves in the attacking brand of football that the fans deserve. His technical prowess combined with his international experience will prove a valuable asset.” The 48-year-old Phelan, a 1994 FIFA World Cupper, had played as a defender for some of the top English Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City, in his prime. For the present, Phelan clearly has a tough task ahead of him.

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