The Indian U17 boys can expect to have a new full-time coach latest by February 15, as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Head Coach of India U-17 National Team, Nicolai Adam have on Tuesday agreed to part ways by mutual consent.
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And the former Indian international, who is the current chairman of the All India Football Federation's Technical Committee (TC) has recently admitted that it's time to look for a foreign coach for the India’s under-17 team, who has some Indian experience and also knows a little bit about Indian culture.
As according to Bhutia the reason was misunderstanding and the reason for the misunderstanding was more due to different cultural and social backgrounds and so the new India’s U-17 coach must understand Indian culture.
As in a recent interview with the Times of India, the former India international Baichung Bhutia said, "With the World Cup just seven months away , there is very little time to gamble. Since we have learnt from the Nicolai episode about our mentality and the problems faced by the players, we would like someone with Indian experience, who knows a little bit about Indian culture. We can't even think of getting Alex Ferguson, it is another matter that we can't afford him,"
And explaining the cultural differences between the Indian boys and the German coach led to the controversy, the 40-years-old Bhutia added, "The reason for the misunderstanding was more due to different cultural and social backgrounds. Most of these under-17 boys are from rural backgrounds with no international exposure. In fact, Nicolai was their first foreign coach. The coach was professional and being a German, he was a taskmaster. When you spend two years with a foreign coach in close environs, differences are bound to crop up. Look at Big Boss, even sophisticated grown-ups develop differences with time. When they were not gelling well, there was no point in continuing,"
And when the India's most capped international player Baichung Bhutia has been asked, With so little time left for the World Cup, isn't Nikolai's departure a setback for the country's preparations?
Bhutia replied, "Yes indeed, it is a huge setback. But I will spend some time with the boys and the new coach to ensure that the transition happens smoothly,"