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David James has made his first steps in the world of football management

The former England goalkeeper will take over at Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters

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The former England goalkeeper – who turned out for the likes of Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth – ended his playing career back in 2014.

But he’s back – as manager of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.

Kerala was the last club James played for before hanging up his boots/gloves, joining the side as a marquee signing during the inaugural ISL season – where they finished runner’s up.

The 47-year-old replaces former Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen, who was sacked on Tuesday after a poor start to the season.

Following his unveiling as the side’s new manager, James said: “It is an honour to be given the opportunity to manage a team I fell in love with back in 2014.

“KBFC is a club that follows the values of their region with passion and support.

“I look forward to a new chapter in the history of the Club and for me too.”

James ended his playing career at the club in 2014

James ended his playing career at the club in 2014

Blasters CEO Varun Tripuraneni added: “We are very happy to welcome back David James to Kerala Blasters FC family.

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“He has been with us during the first ISL season and his understanding of the team and past interaction with them will be helpful to work with the team in an engaging manner at this juncture.”

For Premier League fans, there’s a couple of familiar faces already on the books at Kerala, with former Manchester United duo Wes Brown and Dimitar Berbatov joining the side over the summer.