Chennaiyin FC retain Marco Materazzi as manager

Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC have retained Italian World Cup winner Marco Materazzi as their manager for the third season of the ISL.
Marco Materazzi
Marco Materazzi


Under the coaching of Materazzi, Chennaiyin FC finished at the top of the league stage in the inaugural edition of the ISL before losing to Kerala Blasters in the semi-final. 
The former defender guided the Chennai-based franchise to ISL glory in the second season. On their way to the title, Materazzi’s side created a new ISL record of winning five straight games before beating FC Goa 3-2 in a memorable final at Fatorda. 
Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani said the club looks forward to continued success under Materazzi’s leadership. “From the day we signed Marco as our manager in the first season we have always believed in him and that faith has only been strengthened over the two campaigns. We are very happy to have retained him for the third season and this decision is in line with our club philosophy of continuity,” she said. 
Materazzi, currently in Perugia, Italy said the goal for the third season was simple — to retain the ISL Trophy. “I am delighted to continue with Chennaiyin FC for another season and would like to thank the owners for their continued support. We were very consistent in the first season and narrowly missed out on reaching the final despite being the last franchise to join the league. 
“Last year our only target was to be crowned champions and we achieved that by showing immense quality and character. This year the goal is we want to be winners. We are working very hard to build a very strong squad this year also and are going to give our very best to match last season’s success,” Materazzi added. 

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