ISL Coaches Eye for the Vacant India Coach Post
The Indian Super League is just about a week old and the response that the fans all over the country have given this new league is really good to see. There are many foreign coaches and marquee players in the eight ISL sides to whom the Indian internationals as well as I-League players can look up to gain rich experience in playing at the top levels. The main aim why ISL was formed was to develop and hone the football skills of Indian players and to put India on the road map of world football.
The coaches who are with their respective franchises are also putting their heart and soul into this event to make it a huge success. There is one more reason why the coaches are now getting so much involved in ISL.
There is an opening for the post of the Indian national coach as the present coach Wim Koevermans, whose contract ends in October, has decided against extending it further. This means that India will be looking for a new coach for its senior national side. A fair bit of enquiries from coaches all over the world have already reached the desk of All India Football Federation (AIFF) secretary Kushal Das.
AIFF secretary Das has said that a few coaches of the ISL have also applied for the job of the Indian football coach. He did not disclose the names of the ISL coaches, but what we come to know is that Mumbai City FC coach Peter Reid, NorthEast United head coach Ricki Herbert and Kerala Blasters assistant coach Trevor Morgan are those who have submitted their proposals.
Ricki has played in the 1982 World Cup for his home side New Zealand and also was responsible for taking the Kiwi side to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. He has good experience in coaching national sides. Peter Reid, the former Thailand team coach has enough coaching experience in Asia apart from being the coach for the England under-21 squad, Leeds United, Sunderland and Manchester City. He could be a serious contender if he submits his proposal.
AIFF is not rushing with things and will decide on the national coach only towards the end of the year.