FC Pune City are believed to be in advanced talks with Antonio Habas to take over as their head coach for the 2016-17 Indian Super League (ISL) season, Goal can confirm.
The Hrithik Roshan co-owned club finished seventh in the second edition under the tutelage of David Platt despite having led the table at the start of the campaign. Previously in the inaugural season of the ISL, the Stallions finished sixth with Franco Colomba at the helm.
Habas led Atletico de Kolkata to win the ISL’s season one and helped them qualify for the knockout stages once again. However, the former Bolivian national team coach has been slapped with a four-match ban by the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Disciplinary Committee and a fine of Rs.5 lakhs for his antics during the second leg of the semi-finals at the Salt Lake Stadium against Chennaiyin FC.
It must also be noted that Habas didn’t share the best rapport with the Atletico management. Back in December, Goal had revealed that the Spaniard was approached by two ISL franchises.
However, when questioned if he has agreed terms with Pune City for a move next season, Habas answered in the negative.