Former Indian goalkeeper V P Sathish Kumar 37, has been appointed as goalkeeping coach for the first team by FC Bengaluru United.
Commenting on his appointment, according to reports Kumar said, “I am really happy to be part of the FC Bengaluru United family. The club is run very professionally, and they have a clear goal — to be playing in the top tier of Indian football.”
“What really sets the club apart is how they are laying emphasis on youth development. This sort of clear focus is great – not just for the club, but for the state and Indian football as well,” he said.
Kumar won multiple National Football League and I-League titles as a player with East Bengal and Dempo SC.
“My primary objective as a goalkeeping coach is to clearly define the role and responsibilities of my goalkeepers,” news agency PTI quoted Kumar as having said.
Head coach Richard Hood welcomed the appointment of Kumar to his support staff as the team prepares to enter a crucial phase before the beginning of the new domestic season.
“Sathish is a fantastic addition to the coaching staff in terms of being a contributor to the kind of football that we want to play here,” the report quoted Hood as having said.
“He understands our objectives and the process that we aim to follow to achieve them. His involvement will not only help our goalkeepers improve but his winning mentality and championship experience will help the rest of the team as well,” PTI quoted Hood as saying.