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Bhaichung Bhutia’s United Sikkim keen on young Australian coach Nathan Hall

I-League newboys United Sikkim, who are currently being coached by their co-owner and player Bhaichung Bhutia, are holding talks with young Australian Nathan Hall for the permanent head coach role. The talks are in advanced stage with personal terms being negotiated.

Hall, who has an AFC A license, has had coaching experiences in the regional leagues of Australia and in Thailand and his last job was as assistant coach of Indonesian club Arema FC.

The Aussie was holidaying with his wife in Sikkim last month when he met the club officials including co-owner Bhaichung.

Hall had actually first met Bhaichung when the former India captain travelled with the senior national team for an international friendly in Thailand back in 2010.

When Belgian coach Phillipe De Ridder was removed from the head-coach role, a Kolkata-based football agency approached United Sikkim on behalf of Hall. United Sikkim were impressed by Hall’s CV and the club management started negotiations with the agency and the coach.

If the deal goes through, Hall will take charge next month and at 27, will become the youngest coach in the I-League. Hall will have a real challenge however to ensure that the young United Sikkim team survive in the I-League.

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