Chennaiyin FC, the two-time Indian Super League (ISL) winners, and experienced Montenegrin head coach Bozidar Bandovic have amicably chosen to split ways.
The decision followed their 0-5 hammering at the hands of FC Goa in their most recent ISL match on Wednesday (February 9) night at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa – the Marina Machan’s biggest loss in club history.
Bandovic oversaw the first team for 16 games, winning five, drawing four, and losing seven.
The team inked a one-year deal with the 52-year-old well-travelled manager before the start of the season.
This is the second time in a row that Chennaiyin FC has parted ways with a coach in the middle of the season.
Csaba Laszlo of Hungary was in command of the Marina Machans last season before suffering the price for a dismal performance, with Ishfaq Ahmed filling in on a temporary basis.
Bandovic’s most recent position was as manager of Buriram United, where he won two Thai League titles in a row (2016-17 and 2017-18) and was voted Thai League Manager of the Year in 2017-18.
During his consecutive championship-winning seasons, the club first established, and then broke, its own record for the most points gained in Thai League history.
Bandovic was also the head coach of Olympiacos FC for a brief time after working with the Greek giants in a variety of capacities, including Head of Analysis under former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde and assistant coach the following season. His top-flight experience includes stints with Red Star Belgrade, Olympiacos, and POAK. Pasha will take over as manager.