The Serbian comes with an impressive resume with coaching stints in Belgium, Slovakia as well as Cyprus. He takes over from Kibu Vicuna who left towards the end of last season.
Gaonkar has been with Vasco FC for the last four years and has represented the state in U-20 tournaments.
The fresh development is another blow to East Bengal's preparation for ISL as they will have to clear the due for the ban to be lifted.
During the first outbreak of COVID-19 last year, the club had donated 2,00,000 hydroxychloroquine sulphate tablets as preventive support to nearly 25000 frontline workers
The CFG's success has not been confined to just Manchester City and Mumbai City with Melbourne City also lifting their maiden A-League Trophy a few days ago.
"What is the most important thing in our lives? Family. Now the COVID situation is also there and during these times, I wanted to stay close to my family," said the young left-back
NorthEast United needed only a point to qualify but the Highlanders thoroughly outplayed Kerala Blasters and win 2-0 to enter the knockout phase for only the second time in their history.
The former India international was brought in on an interim basis after the departure of Gerard Nus and it was in a likelihood expected to be a damage limitation job until the end of the season.
Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev gave Chennaiyin the lead in the 10th minute which was cancelled out by Gary Hooper's 29th-minute strike from the spot.
In what has been a season to forget for both sides, Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters will be competing in a dead rubber on Sunday with little but pride left to play for.
Rahul mentioned how being from the same area as IM Vijayan, he and his family have always been huge fans of the former India captain.
Kibu became the ninth coach in eight years to depart the club with assistant coach Ishfaq Ahmed set to take over on an interim basis for the rest of the campaign.
It was imperative that the KBFC grabbed all three points if they had to keep their slim chances alive.
Hyderabad, who were inside the top four for most of the ISL season, find themselves fifth with three games remaining. They are level on points (24) with fourth-placed FC Goa.
The Brazilian striker who had also scored twice in the reverse fixture struck twice here (45, 74) to cancel out goals from Jordan Murray (52) and Gary Hooper (68).