10 Coaches who can replace Stephen Constantine as Team India’s head coach


With the reports of senior players approaching AIFF to sack India’s head coach Stephen Constantine coming out to surface, Indian football fans have started to speculate about the next possible candidate for the big job. If the sources are to be believed, December should be the last month for the Englishman. In this moment of uncertainty, we also couldn’t  resist our self  and made a list of our own.

here are the 10 coach from around the world, who we think capable enough of guide India to Asia cup 2019:

10. Marco Materazzi

The Italian controversial defender who joined Chennaiyin FC as a player/Manager in 2014 had a very successful run in ISL, which includes ISL crown to CFC in 2015. Because of his three  season in ISL, he gathered good knowledge about Indian players  and condition. He left CFC in 2016 and currently a free agent. His aggressive style can rejuvenate the Indian National team. However his bad temper will be in the minds of AIFF officials before considering him.

9. Khalid Jamil

The lone Indian on our list. Khalid Jamil is undoubtedly the best Indian coach at this moment. He is currently enjoying the best managerial year of his career. After having lukewarm experience with Mumbai FC for 7 years, Jamil reinvent himself with Aizawl FC. He was given free hand in Aizawl and im return he delivered Aizawl FC the I League crown of 2016/17 season. Aizawl FC was not anywhere near to favorites to lift the trophy, which made Jamil centre of news stories. After this dream run Khalid is currently in contract with Kingfisher East Bengal FC, where he is continuing his dream run by leading KEB to CFL trophy this season.

Though Khalid is not free agent, if AIFF want, they can come to an agreement with the Kolkata club to sign Jamil as Indian National team. With some much knowledge about Indian Football, he can become a gem as a head coach of India.

8. Cesar Farias

This 44 years old Venezuelan coach who led NEUFC in the second season of ISL is also good enough to take the important job. With a average squad in comparison to other ISL teams, he managed to show tremendous fighting Spirit and helped the team to secure a respectable 5 the position. He is known for the ability to recognize talent. Cesar has previously managed the Venezuela national football team. Farías is also known for having coached Deportivo Táchira, Mineros de Guayana, Deportivo Anzoátegui and the Venezuelan U-20 team. He is the first and only manager to ever have taken Venezuela to the semi-final stage of Copa America. With such experience under his belt, AIFF will want to consider his name.

7. Mahdi Ali

He is not the biggest name on this list but certainly he can be the most effective. This 52 year old has served as coach of UAE from 2012 to 2017. Before joining UAE he was  manager of one of the biggest Middle Eastern club Al Ahli. From 2010 until 2012, he led the United Arab Emirates Olympic team in qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It was the nation’s very first appearance. On 15 August 2012, he was appointed as UAE’s senior national team. He led the country to their third title in 2013 Gulf Cup of Nations. He also led UAE to the third-place finish in 2015 AFC Asian Cup. As an Asian he knows how to develop an Asian team to success. He is just released from UAE coach position and AIFF should approach him ASAP.

6. Ashley Westwood

He is fan Favorite. He is a guy who have seen Indian Football from so close and knows every aspect of it. The former Manager of BFC and current director of ATK had shown his interest for taking the head coach job India in 2016 too. He began his full-time management career with Indian club Bengaluru FC in 2013, and led them to two I-League titles (2013–14 and 2015–16) in three seasons, as well as the Indian Federation Cup in 2015. With such success in short career indicates that he is the perfect man to do the job. He has transformed the traditional Playing style of Indian club with BFC and we can expect to do a similar job with Indian National team too.

5. Jurgen Klinsmann


He is one of the biggest name present on this list. The lone German entry has a managerial CV that he will certainly be proud of. Currently a free agent Klinsman has managed Germany from 2004 to 2006, Bayern Munich from 2008 to 2009 and USA from 2011 to 2016. As a coach he took Germany to 2006 semi final and won USA the CONCACAF gold cup. The list of his success is long and beyond the scope of writing all here. If AIFF can convince him to coach team India, he poses all the potential to transform Indian Football. If China can effort a World cup winning coach, we can surely effort to have him.

4. Jorvan vieira

He is no less than a Pundit of Asian Football. There may not be many coach, who knows more about Asian Football than Viera. The Asian cup winner with Iraq has also coached Kuwait , Morocco to name a few. The Brazilian coach was recently rumoured with FC Pune city. If AIFF brings the free agent as Indian Coach it will be very beneficial to the team because of the experience he poses.

3. Zico

Zico, this name is in everyone’s mouth since the reports of  Stephen Constantine’s  possible exit came out. He is possibly biggest name to Coach an Indian Club.  His run with Japan Football team is highlighting phase of his coaching career. He guided the Japan team to Asia cup trophy and World cup participation. He is often called as the man who brought Football revolution to Japan. He also guided Fenerbahce to win  Turkish Super Cup. The Brazilian legend who brings Brazilian short passing style with 4-4-2  or 3-5-2 formation along with him can be the best thing happened to Indian Football if he is handed the coaching position. Having spend 3 seasons with FC Goa , he knows Indian players very well and surely he will be on the list of AIFF, if they try to find replacement.

2. Juan Antonio Pizzi

This is a big inclusion and possibly too ambitious attempted name on this list. This Argentinian is just been released from coached position of Chile National team and currently a free agent. Although he was removed because of bad performance of Chile in recent World Cup qualifier he will still be a huge attempt for India, if AIFF tries to sign him. He has previously coached Valencia and Leon. We haven’t included his name just for putting a big name on the list but because of the fact that  technically he can be the perfect man for India. He has just coached a team which is considered as physically not so dominating in World Football. The average height of Chile Football team is lower than that of India. That means he knows how to work with lesser physical presence on the team. He can infuse the Indian Football with hight passing, pressing techniques of Chile. We know it’s too optimistic to put his name on the list, but we hope AIFF will consider him, if they are ready to spend few more bucks.

1. David Moyes 

This is the biggest name of the list but certainly not the unlikely. When Constantine’s news came to us, his name also reached to us as a rumour. But we didn’t pay enough attention thinking that such a big manager won’t come to India so easily. But something interesting occurred which forced us to rethink. The members of  FPA( Football player Association , India) met with Moyes yesterday. We don’t know the reason behind this meeting , but certainly  considering the timing, we sense something fishy. According to our sources many leading member of FPA is on pro Constantine sacking team.

David Moyes has managed Manchester United, Everton, Real Socieded and along with his recent team Sunderland. He was released from Sunderland duty this season only and already been linked with Everton. If somehow AIFF manages to bring him to India, that will no sort of a achievement.

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