AIFF panel to chose new coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

The AIFF's technical committee met on Friday in Delhi to interview the four candidates for the post of National Football team coach.

AIFF panel to chose new coach

New Delhi:

The All India Football Federation's technical committee met on Friday in Delhi to interview the four candidates for the post of National football team coach. The fifth one Aloke Mukheerjee, the current coach of Ever Ready team, failed to turn up. But the interesting thing is that the AIFF's refusal to say that they were unhappy with the present coach, means that Sukwinder Singh might well be a dark horse. In the race Syed Nayemuddin is considered the media favourite but Subroto Bhattacharya, who won two National football league titles with Mohun Bagan, is also in contention. Interestingly, the four coaches currently in contention to replace Sukhwinder are all out of job right now and that includes Kerala's M Peetambaran and Manipur's Birbal Singh. The ones who have jobs right now didn't bother applying, perhaps an indication of their unhappiness with the All India Football Federation. A decision wasn't expected today in any case since AIFF chief Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, also a Union Minister, is not in Delhi. But time is running out and India's current spot of 134 in the FIFA rankings is headed nowhere but downhill. Meanwhile, the new TV rights deal between Zee Sports and the AIFF could also bring increased pressure on the AIFF to get its act together.

Topics : Football
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