Ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24), Kerala Blasters FC announced the contract extension of Assistant Coach Frank Dauwen until 2025.
This extension will see Frank continue to be a part of the coaching staff that includes Head Coach Ivan Vukomanovic, Fitness Coach Werner Martens, and Goalkeeping Coach Slaven Progovecki, until 2025.
Following Ivan Vukomanovic’s 10-game suspension due to the infamous walk-off incident against Bengaluru FC in the ISL semi-finals, the Belgian took charge of the Tuskers for their Super Cup campaign.
Under his tutelage, Kerala Blasters defeated RoundGlass Punjab FC 3-1 in their opening game. However, they stumbled to a 2-0 defeat against Sreenidi Deccan FC and only earned a point from Bengaluru FC. As a result, they ultimately failed to qualify for the semi-finals.
Nonetheless, Dauwen provided opportunities for several young players in the squad, with Vibin Mohanan, Bijoy Varghese, and Sachin Suresh all impressing in the Super Cup competition (Super Cup 2023).
With Vukomanovic still serving his suspension, Frank Dauwen will be Kerala Blasters’ head coach for the 2023-24 Durand Cup and the opening fixtures of the Indian Super League campaign.
Kerala Blasters FC have acquired the services of Australian forward Jaushua Sotirio from A-League club Newcastle Jets for the ISL 2023-24.
Frank Dauwen Career
Former Belgium international Frank Dauwen joined the Kerala Blasters ahead of the 2022-23 season. Before his spell with the Blasters, Dauwen managed Belgian side K.V.C Westerlo and served as a youth team coach at Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli. He made 219 appearances for Gent in his playing days, while also featuring five times for the Belgian national team.