<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ipl">IPL</a> franchise <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolkata-knight-riders">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> (KKR) have announced the departure of head coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jacques-kallis/">Jacques Kallis</a> and assistant coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/simon-katich/">Simon Katich</a> after failing to make the playoffs this year. <p></p> <p></p>KKR finished fifth in the points table and missed out on playoff berth due to net run-rate. It was an eventful season for the two-time former IPL winners who had to endure a run of six straight defeats apart from star allrounder Andre Russell expressing displeasure over his batting position during a press conference. <p></p> <p></p>Kallis signed up with KKR in 2015 and during his tenure, they entered playoffs on three successive occasions. He coached them to 32 victories out of 61 matches. <p></p> <p></p>"Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family &amp; will always remain so. We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Rider brand as a global brand," Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR, said in a media release on Sunday. <p></p>Kallis said it's time for him to explore new opportunities after 'nine fantastic years with KKR' that began with him signing first as a player in 2011 followed by the role of mentor before taking over as the head coach. <p></p> <p></p>"After 9 fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor and Head Coach, it s time to explore new opportunities. I would to like to thank the Owners, Management and fellow players for many happy memories," Kallis said. <p></p> <p></p>KKR are expected to name replacements in the coming days.