5 candidates who could be perfect replacements for Indian football head coach Stephen Constantine
Indian football is on cloud nine right now. But the senior national team, on an unbeaten 12-match run, the team which went from 171 to 96 in the FIFA rankings under Stephen Constantine, is reportedly seeking a new coach.
Some senior footballers have orchestrated a move to remove the coach, alleging he's technically not good enough to lead the side. According to reports, five top players of Constantine's starting XI recently met the AIFF general secretary Kushal Das during the national camp in Mumbai and said a technical assessment of the coach should be done with immediate effect.
The matter is still to be settled but if the unthinkable happens and Constantine is sacked, here are top 5 candidates who would be the perfect replacement for the Englishman.
Zico in his stint with FC Goa showed that he could adapt to Indian conditions quickly. In January 2017, FC Goa confirmed ending their three-year association with the Brazilian great. Keeping the logistical challenges of the upcoming season in mind, the two parties amicably came to this decision.
Zico is someone with a sound technical know-how and was also the technical advisor for the Brazil national team during the 1998 World Cup. Zico is a strict and stubborn guy who has no problem standing up to the federation and demanding his rights. Indian football currently lacks big personalities right now and the national team would love to have a coach like Zico, who has also played on the big stage.