The Blue Tigers needs an Indian coach: IM Vijayan

Former the Blue Tiger striker  slammed the Indian boys for their performance against Bahrain and he feels  and Indian native should be the  new coach of Team India.

IM vijayan wants any of his compatriots to lead Indian football team.

The British coach Stephen Constantine step down from his role after team India lost their match against Bahrain by 1-0 goal and got knocked out from the tournament.

IM Vijayan voiced: “India have been good under Stephen Constantine. What has happened has happened. India have a lot of qualified coaches. I think they should be given a chance.

“There are good coaches in India. When we played for India, we came to the 94th spot in the FIFA Rankings under an Indian coach. India’s performances were good when (Syed) Nayeemuddin and Sukhwinder Singh were at the helm. My opinion is to give this Indian team to an Indian coach for the next two-three years. Indian coaches know the Indian players well,”

Former Indian attacker was pleases with the Indian team performance in their last game of AFC Asian cup, and he believes the Injury of centre back Anas and the substitution of Ashique Kuruniyan’s in the second half might have affected their game.

He added: “We played well in the first two matches. But the performance in the third game was really bad. So bad that they were not able to attack at all in 90 minutes. We did not see attacking moves at all. If only we had played half as well as we did in the last two matches.

“I don’t know if India played for a draw but the football was really, really bad. Bahrain attacked well and we kept dropping deep. I think India played for a draw.

IM Vijayan who is currently the Goverment of India’s national observer of football,wants  some fresh faces to come up with the new Indian coach.

He signs off: “We can expect a shuffling in the team with the new coach. New players will feature. The likes of Jobby Justin need to be called up to national team camps if not the final squads. There are several good players in I-League. Some shuffling of the squad is needed.”