I-League: DSK Shivajians appoint Dave Rogers as head coach

The Pune outfit will look to bring in a brand of exciting football in the I-League in the next season with Rogers' appointment

DSK Shivajians have appointed the head coach of the Liverpool International Football Academy – DSK Shivajians, Dave Rogers as the new gaffer of the DSK Shivajians senior side. The change comes after Derrick Pereira was released of his duties as the manager of DSK post a poor showing in DSK’s debut season in the I-League which saw them finish bottom of the table.

DSK, who could not be relegated from the league last season, are aware they need a better showing when the I-League resumes in the 2016-17 campaign and hence the change that see them bring in one of their own. Dave Rogers is someone who has been a part of the DSK and Liverpool setup for two years now and is familiar with the brand of football they like to play.

During this brief spell, Rogers has guided the DSK youth team to consecutive final rounds of the Under-19 and Under-18 I-League, respectively, after finishing second in the Maharashtra Zone, trailing only on goal difference on both occasions.

“Entering into our second season of play, we wanted to show our fans and our players that we are committed to putting a quality product on the pitch, and we couldn’t think of a better way to communicate it than hiring someone like Dave Rogers. Dave’s ability, work ethic and passion combined with his international playing experience and knowledge of Indian football makes him the ideal person for this position. I am excited to work with him and I know the energy he will bring to the role will have a positive impact across the Club”, stated DSK Shivajians FC President, Mr. Shirish Kulkarni, who seemed to be delighted by Dave Rogers’s appointment.

Rogers has a knack of identifying talent and nurturing them into absolutely top draw footballers. He was certainly instrumental in doing the same in his time at the DSK academy, when four of the academy boys were selected to represent India, including 18-year-old Lallianzuala Chhangte who scored a brace in his first full debut for the Senior Indian National Football Team against Nepal at the 2015 SAFF Cup.

Born in Liverpool, Rogers has had an incredible career in football. He has played for 21 clubs in his 17 years as a professional. Most of his time has been spent playing in the Irish leagues, but spells at traditional English clubs such as, Carlisle United, Peterborough and Scunthorpe United had provided him with a vast learning experience.

Dave Rogers was ecstatic at his appointment as head coach and hopes he could bring the brand of exciting and attacking football that he likes his younger sides to play into the senior side.

An overjoyed Rogers commented, “I am very excited and proud about the prospect of working with DSK Shivajians FC. I am looking forward to the day-to-day challenge of competing in the I-League and other competitions. I would also like to thank Mr. Shirish Kulkarni for placing his trust in me for this important position. Over the course of my tenure at DSK Shivajians FC I’ve been committed to developing players and enabling them to play exciting and attacking football and this will continue into my work with the senior team.”