When the entire nation is soaked in the FIFA U17 World Cup fever, Indian senior football team coach Stephen Constantine may find himself in a bit of trouble as his boys are not happy with the way the Englishman is leading the team.
According to The Telegraph, some of the veteran players of the team feel that the 55-year-old was not technically good enough to lead the Blue Tigers, and are looking to remove the British coach from the post. The country is receiving rave reviews for hosting the FIFA U17 WC, its first major FIFA event. Moreover, the national team has just qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 2011 and had scaled double digits in the FIFA rankings not so long ago. But amid all these celebrations the bitterness in the Indian senior camp is getting evident with such reports of tension with the Gaffer surfacing.
On the issue, Federation General Secretary Kushal Das, however, said he was not in a position to speak on it. “I do meet players, coaches and officials regularly on various issues. I am in no position to discuss such things,” he said. “When a member asked whether the coach’s contract would be renewed beyond 2018 March, the general secretary stated the players expressed some dissatisfaction about Mr Constantine.” A member who attended the meeting said. Under Constantine’s management, India have reached the Asian Cup through qualification for the first time since 2011. He joined the Indian national team in February 2016 and has taken this team from a lowly FIFA ranking of 173 to a place in the top 100 for the first time in over 20 years. The Indian team is also currently unbeaten in their last 11 matches.
Some sources state that the veteran coach hardly praised the team after crucial victories in some matches and has hogged a lot of limelight for the sudden change in the team’s fortunes. These however, are still reports and no official statement has been made on the issue. Do you wish Constantine to continue as the coach of the Indian football team?