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5 Managers Interested in Indian National Football Team job left vacant by Stephen Constantine

SENIOR ANALYST
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10 Feb 2019, 16:48 IST

Ashley Westwood has two I-League titles under his belt
Ashley Westwood has two I-League titles under his belt

After a memorable stint with the Indian national football team, Stephen Constantine resigned as the head coach after India failed to qualify for the knock-out stage of the recently concluded 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The news came as a shock after India lost to Bahrain in the final group stage game of the competition.

Several names have cropped up as a replacement for the Englishman, but the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is yet to recruit anyone. With the post still vacant, there are many coaches who have shown interest in taking up the job.

With the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers being the next big assignment for the 'Blue Tigers', the governing body needs to take a quick decision to get fruitful results.

It will be interesting to see who gets recruited just after India's heartbreak at the continental meet earlier this year.

Let us have a look at five managers who are interested in taking up the job:


#5 Ashley Westwood

Bengaluru FC has been one of the most consistent sides in Indian football for the past five years.

One of the main reasons for the dominance was due to their manager Ashley Westwood who was at the helm of affairs at the club till 2016.

The Englishman guided Bengaluru FC to its first I-League title in their debut season back in 2013-14.

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He followed it up with a Federation Cup title in 2015-16, while he ensured he wasn’t trophyless for a single season, he steered the JSW owned side to their second I-League title in 2015-16.

Although he was out of action for quite some time, he was later appointed as the director of football at ATK in 2017, he is still in the managerial department with the Kolkata based side.

This will be a perfect opportunity if he manages to grab hold of the job and kick-start coaching career once again.

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