The Indian football season is heating up with the clubs going head to head to secure the signatures of new players and coaching staffs. The recent decision by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to continue having both ISL and I-League this year has prompted for clubs and franchises from both the leagues to start in their signing spree.
Kolkata franchise Atlético de Kolkata had recently retained the services of National Team Goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar as well Right Back Prabir Das. They have parted ways with last year’s ISL winning manager José Francisco Molina and reportedly have also parted with their co-owners, Spanish Club Atlético de Madrid.
As the Sourav Ganguly co-owned team went in search for an able manager to repeat their last year’s success, they roped in Englishman Ashley Westwood as their new technical director. Westwood is a former two-times I-League winning coach with I-League club Bengaluru FC in 2014 and 2016. He also won the Federation Cup in 2015 with the team from India’s Garden City and led the Blues to the quarter finals of the AFC Cup.
If that was not a huge acquisition enough, the defending ISL Champions have now signed former English striker Teddy Sheringham as their new head coach. The 51-year old former England international will be the third head coach for ATK in four years. Teddy is a former three time EPL and 1 time UEFA Champions League winner with Manchester United and he scored the stoppage time equaliser for his club in the 1999 final against Bayern Munich. Sheringham had previously coached English League Two side Stevenage FC before being handed the pink slip only 6 months into the job that saw him win only 7 times out of 33.
The Kolkata team management obviously seemed happy enough after securing the services of the two Englishmen. ATK are two times ISL champions and one time semi finalists and are unarguably the greatest team in the history of the league. Despite his poor managerial history, the team management is hopeful about Sheringham following in the footsteps of his predecessors. They also believe that the addition of Westwood (who has a very good knowledge about Indian football) will be an added bonus for The Bengal Tigers.