David James will be unveiled as the player-manager of the Kerala Blasters, which is the Kochi-based franchisee of the Indian Super League (ISL) owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and his partner Prasad Potluri of PVP Ventures, Goal can reveal.
The 44-year old had expressed his desire to be a part of the inaugural edition of the ISL last month.
According to sources close to the development, James will have a dual role of player-manager at the club.
James has over 24 years of experience having started his senior career at Watford back in 1989. It must however be noted that the former Liverpool and Manchester City custodian had announced his retirement in October last year when he took over Conference Premier side Luton Town as an assistant while pursuing his UEFA ‘A’ coaching license.
“I'm retired. Playing is not something I'm looking at doing. I want to qualify as a coach and eventually do management and my Pro Licence,” James was quoted saying to the club’s website.
James also had a dual role of player-manager at Iceland’s Vestmannaejyar in 2013 where he made 17 appearances for the club who finished sixth in the league. He has represented England at the 2010 World Cup and won the FA Cup and League Cup with Portsmouth and Liverpool respectively.
Earlier this year, he announced himself bankrupt, according to reports in England.
When officials of Kerala Blasters were contacted to speak on the developments, they remained unavailable.