KALJU ON THE SEARCH OF A NEW GAFFER
According to Rumori sources, Igor Prins is not the Nõmme Kalju coach any longer.
As announced by Kalju’s president, Kuno Tehva, last week, talks would have been held with the skipper to decide his future.
We tried to reach Mr. Tehva to ask confirmation of the rumour, however we could not have any response.
Probably unhappy both with the 4th place and the way the squad was handled, Tehva and Prins have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that was extended only last year until 2016. Details of the agreement are not known.
It might not be a coincidence that the process of speeding up the signing of professional contracts with youth players was favoured by early talks this week.
In fact, in the past days, Kalju have confirmed that Henri Pürg and Marten Kuusk have now a contract at FC Kalju. Pürg is the first youth player in Kalju history to have signed a professional contract at the club.
Earlier last week, Kalju lost goalkeeper Richard Aland and midfielder Mihkel Ainsalu to FC Flora. A situation that probably hurried up the process. According to our sources, there have been disagreements within the Kalju's changing room on the use of the young players into the first team during season 2014.
A FERGUSON THAT LASTED LITTLE
‘We have already our Ferguson!’ said proudly Kuno Tehva when replying from distance to Aivar Pohlak looking for one. At that time FC Flora sacked Lelov only to turn inwards to double team’s coach Norbert Hurt for the head coach role.
A former international and central defender, Igor Prins started his spell in 2010 when he left Levadia for the city rivals. Strong of two titles in three seasons (2008 and 2009) he arrived to Kalju with the purpose of winning the national title.
Eventually, he achieved that in 2012 when Kalju finished 9 points clear of Flora to rise their first ever national title and domestic title overall.
The year after went into history books as Kalju managed to access the next round of an European competition by winning 2-1 on aggregate against Finnish Champions HJK Helsinki in the Champions League second preliminary round. The great run ended at the Europa League play-off against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Igor could have added silverware to the club’s cabinet, however he lost the Estonian cup to FC Flora in 2013 (3-1) and the Estonian Supercup in the same year (3-0 loss to Levadia).
He leaves Kalju with two additional silver medals (2011 and 2013).
The name of the next coach shall be communicated in the next couple of weeks, certainly before the Christmas holidays.