Odisha FC announced on Friday that they have parted ways with head coach Kiko Ramirez following some unexpected performances in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 campaign. Odisha FC has not traditionally been a top team but they came into the season with a lot of promise and good staff, got off to a good start in the campaign but failed to score in some of the games that derailed their top four bids.
On Wednesday, Odisha could not reach the mark when they were beaten 2-0 by Kerala Blasters. This comes after the team was placed in quarantine after Kamaljit Singh’s Covid-19 positive test.
News18.com It is learned that after Ramirez’s departure, assistant coach Kino Sanchez will take charge as the team prepares for the January 18 match against Northeast United FC.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“After lengthy deliberations and deliberations between the club’s technical committee, it was decided that a change was needed now to give the club time to improve its performance and results this season. The club would like to thank Kiko for his efforts and wish him well for the future. The club will announce more at the appropriate time, “the club said in a statement.
Sources close to the club told News18.com that Ramirez often did not have a strategically strong plan and did not communicate well with all the foreigners on the team.
This season, Odisha FC has shown great ability and capability to attack in some games and will try to help the Kino team to perform up to that level.
Kovid trouble of Odisha
Odisha FC players are still under strict quarantine and will not be released until at least January 16, two days before their next match. While among the players, only Kamaljit has tested positive so far, while a number of staff members have caught the virus.
On Thursday, Odisha FC had two new Covid-19 cases and there may be a few more cases in the coming days.
Sources said the players are mentally shaken by the difficulties and they are not ready to act. They feel that things are not going well and that it is becoming more difficult for them.