FF Jaro announced today that their new head coach is 48-year old Tomi Kärkkäinen.
Kärkkäinen is a former player of Jaro having spent 1990-92 with the club. He also played with FF Jaro reserve team JBK during 2002. He has played in the Veikkausliiga 43 matches where he scored 3 goals. He also played abroad in Norwegian 2nd division team Skjetten during 1997-98.
In 2003, Kärkkäinen because the head coach of Vasa IFK and with his help they earned promotion to the Ykkönen at the end of 2005. In 2008, he became the head coach of VPS and during that season, VPS finished 11th in a 14-team league. He resigned in 2009 after just 5 matches. Since then, he has coached SJK in 2010 and again VIFK between 2011-2016. He has now signed a 1-year deal and Calle Löf will be his assistant coach. Löf finished this current season as head coach of FF Jaro after Kristian Heames got the sack.
Kärkkäinen is very happy after securing the contract. “I am very pleased to be working with such a traditional team. Jaro traditions determine our playing style so I will definitely not play long ball.” commented Kärkkäinen.
FF Jaro finished 5th in this season´s Ykkönen despite having set a goal for promotion. Jaro is still preparing for the next season but they have already secured their key defender Pavle Milosavljevic and forward Seth Paintsil for next season.
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