Worst Wannabe Coach? Vacation Player? Berbatov-James saga takes a new turn...

Sabari Jagannathan  |  Controversy  |  5 Months Ago

Kerala blasters had a less than average season last year in the Indian Super League campaign. Despite signing a host of big names including Berbatov, Hume and Brown, the Kochi based franchise failed to make it to the playoffs. David James, the former blasters player was roped in the mid season to stabilise their sinking ship. Though there was slight improvement in the performance, but it was far from one happy family.


Berbatov left the club midway taking a big swipe at James. The former Manchester United star questioned the long ball philosophy of the former city custodian. He went ballistic and called David James “a wannabe coach”.

David James questioned the professionalism of the player and also pointed flaws in the blasters recruitment policy. He took a jab at Berbatov instigating that the player only wanted to have a vacation in God’s own country. 


In a recent interview with Four Four Two, the Bulgarian striker has once again addressed the issue, asking serious questions to the KBFC management.

“I didn’t think he treated me in the way I should be treated, with respect and an understanding of the game- I told him that and it didn’t go well. I didn’t think football should be played that way. Everyone else there was fine with me. To go to India and witness a different culture was interesting – it was completely different to what I’m used to. But at that stage of your career you want to keep playing.”

It is important to note that for all his achievements in European football, the star striker could not reproduce his form in India. He scored only one goal from his 9 appearances for the club. 


Kerala Blasters have had a mixed campaign so far this season. Though they are yet to lose a game this year, they have won only one of their 4 games languishing at 7th place in the table. 


David James is not the one to back down and these recent comments will definitely warrant a response from him. 

This feud just doesn’t look like going away anytime soon.  


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