No sport has the need of a coach as much as Football needs. These tacticians are immensely responsible for how the players perform on the pitch. Some of the coaches often have a reputation more than the players have. The fourth edition of Indian Super League’s (ISL) may be a couple of months left but the preparation by the teams have already started. Here is a look at the ISL 2017 head coaches that would helm the hotspot in the 10 franchises.
10. Teddy Sheringham
Once a marquee striker, now a coach. One of those very often cases that we are seeing. The Kolkata team management has put their faith on a relative newbie to guide them to a 4th ISL title. It is to e seen how he converts his illustrious career as a player to that of a coach.
9. Rene Meulensteen
One of the most experienced people around. Rene has a huge reputation having worked under Sir Alex and also having managed a Premier League team Fulham. He will take over the reins of the two time losing finalist Kerela Blasters. The blasters would him to take his team a step ahead.
8. Jao Carlos Pires de Deus
North East United have a new coach and no prize for guessing his nationality. Yes! he is also from Portugal. One of the most experienced as a coach, he is yet to be tested in the Indian conditions. Hopefully, he grooms Indian players along with taking the club to greater heights.
7. Sergio Lobera
Another Spanish man that has been roped in by an ISL club. He would be providing his services to FC Goa. He has worked as an assistant coach under Tito Vilanova.
6. Steve Coppell
The former coach at Kerela Blasters, Steve has with his experience of coaching in Indian conditions and most importantly in ISL. A coach with experience would help the new team, Tata Jamshedpur, in starting off well in the league.
5. Alexandre Guimaraes
The man from Costa Rica was exceptional in coaching Mumbai City FC in the last year league. Though this year they would be deprived of Sunil Chhetri’s services and he has to find a new man to lead his attack.
4. Antonio Habas
The only coach left in the league with the experience of winning the ISL. He has to work hard to steer a laggard Pune team into the semis for the first time.
3. John Gregory
Englishman coaching an Indian team is a rarity. But the former Aston Villa coach has got his work cut out. He has got the responsibility of carrying Chennaiyan FC to another title charge.
2. Albert Roca
A proven coach with Bengaluru FC. He has got a pedigree of his own and he has proved in the I-League and also the AFC Cup. Bengaluru FC would be hoping for an encore of that performance in ISL.
1. Miguel Angel Portugal:
To your surprise, he is not from Portugal but from Spain. The former Real Madrid player needs to resurrect Delhi Dynamos before leading to a title charge.