Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson headlines a list of 35 names shortlisted for the post of the Indian national football team coach, which also includes the highly successful ex-Bengaluru FC manager Albert Roca.
The much-traveled Sven-Goran, a Swede, and Spaniard Roca apart, Tommy Taylor (England), Hakan Ericson (Sweden), Tomislav Sivic (Serbia), Lee Clark (England) and Lucas Alcaraz Gonzalez (Spain) are some of the major names shortlisted for the coveted post.
Sven-Goran, who was in charge of England for five years until 2006, had last month expressed his interest regarding the job to the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
The post has been left vacant since Stephen Constantine resigned after the Indian team´s failure to make the knockout round of the AFC Asian Cup.
“The federation has received over 250 applications. 125 were selected after that and out of which 80 qualified as per the AIFF´s requirements. After that, around 35-40 names, based on various criteria, have been forwarded to the technical committee. Seven to eight will be called for the final interviews, following which the appointment will be made,” an AIFF official revealed to the sources.
Sven-Goran Eriksson- an expert
As a manager, the 71-year-old Eriksson won 18 trophies with various clubs in Sweden, Portugal and Italy, between 1979 and 2000, and became the first manager to win league-and-cup doubles in three countries.
However, the Swede was not as successful in international football. Besides England, he had managed the national teams of Mexico, Philippines and the Ivory Coast.
Roca - A possibility
Under Roca, Bengaluru FC played four finals in his two seasons in charge - making the final of the AFC Cup in 2016, the Federation Cup in 2017 and the ISL and Super Cup in 2018.
Under his charge, Bengaluru FC won the Federation Cup and the Super Cup but missed out on the AFC Cup and the ISL titles.
Lucas Alcaraz Gonzalez - Spanish expert
In a managerial career of over two decades, the 52-year-old Alcaraz competed in 10 La Liga seasons at Recreativo, Racing de Santander, Granada and Levante. He was also in charge of five clubs in Segunda Division (second division), winning promotion with Recreativo and Murcia.
Hakan Ericson- A mixed bag
The 58-year-old Hakan Ericson, during his playing career, turned out for Swedish sides Aby IF, FK Kick, and IK Sleipner.
During his playing career, the 46-year-old Clark had spells with English Premier League sides Newcastle United, Sunderland and Fulham, besides making 11 appearances for the England under-21 team during his international career.
After retiring he began a coaching career as reserve team manager and coach for Newcastle United. He then had managerial spells at Huddersfield Town, Birmingham City, Blackpool, Kilmarnock and Bury.
Sven-Goran, who was in charge of England for five years until 2006, had last month expressed his interest regarding the job to the All India Football Federation (AIFF)...
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