Dimitar Berbatov caused a surprise last year when he decided to leave Europe and continue his successful football career in India with Kerala Blasters.
It’s not uncommon for players who are coming to the end of their careers to head to another continent. The MLS has proven a popular destination for some, while Barcelona legend Xavi headed for Qatar.
For former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United striker Berbatov, it was India where he decided to keep on playing.
The Bulgarian’s decision was partly influenced by a desire to work under Rene Meulensteen, whom he has experience with following their time together at Man United and Fulham.
"The big factor was the coach,” Berbatov said last September. “We spoke on the phone, and he explained that he would like to work with me again.
“Knowing how he sees football, it was not a difficult decision to make.
“Of course, the club was showing they want me very much, always speaking with my agent, treating us with respect, and this was enough to convince me that I need to take this challenge in this new league!"
David James took over when Meulensteen was sacked
So Berbatov would have been disappointed when, in January, Meulensteen was sacked.
The Blasters had won just one out of seven matches in the Indian Super League and the final straw was a 3-1 defeat at home to Bengaluru FC.
David James, who served as a player manager for Kerala Blasters in 2014, returned to manage the club but a 2-0 defeat to Bengaluru on Thursday means they have failed to qualify for the ISL playoffs.
And Berbatov, who has played little over 500 minutes this season, is not at all happy.
Berbatov's Instagram post about James
The 37-year-old has hit out at James and his tactics in a stunning Instagram post.
Berbatov posted a selfie, adding the hashtags: #WorstWannaBeCoachEver, #worsttacticaladvice, #ChipTheBallToStrikersChestAndWeTakeItFromThere/WTF/WhoPlaysLikeThis.
Football fans react
Interestingly, former Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra, who played with James in 2014, has reacted with a tweet that supports Berbatov’s words.
“I’m pretty sure that a lot of players that played under James in ISL1 understand what Berbatov is saying,” Chopra wrote.
"Very interesting news from Dimitar Berbatov about David James this is a player that has been managed by some of the best managers in the world if you want to get the best out of a player play to their strengths."
Former England No. 1 James may want to start packing his bags.News Now - Sport News