Can Coppell stop the English curse in ISL?



Kochi: These are still early days in the Hero Indian Super League but something just doesn’t seem right with Kerala Blasters. Three matches into the season and Kerala are yet to not just log their first win but also score.

Can Steve Coppell stop the English curse in ISL?

Can Steve Coppell stop the English curse in ISL?

Successive losses against NorthEast United FC and Atletico de Kolkata was followed by a goalless draw at home against Delhi Dynamos that gave them their first point. The fans, clearly, are not happy with the performance and manager Steve Coppell will have to come up with something special to reverse the trend of English coaches failing to fire in the Hero ISL.

“I am puzzled why English coaches are not successful here. But I am determined to reverse that trend. When I was appointed as manager, I spent a couple of sleepless nights, thinking very very seriously about it,” said Coppell, who brings a wealth of coaching experience.

“The support for Kerala Blasters here in Kochi is just magnificent. All our players appreciate this and we want to repay the fans for their faith,” he added.

Last year, former England Under-21 and Leicester City boss Peter Taylor became the first ISL coach to leave the club (Kerala Blasters) mid-way into the season. He was replaced by former Chelsea and Manchester City full-back Terry Phelan but the team could only finish at the bottom of the group.

Even at FC Pune City, former Manchester City coach David Platt failed to see his club through the knock-out stages last year. FC Pune City were among the pace-setters in the ISL but failed to qualify for the semi-finals after a disastrous run in the second phase.

In the inaugural edition, Kerala Blasters had another English manager, goalkeeper David James. Although he guided Kerala Blasters to the final in his role as marquee player-manager, he has been an exception rather than the rule for English coaches.

Coppell has watched the last two editions of the ISL with keen interest and is now determined to turn the corner, given his wealth of experience. However, he sees the challenge of an 11-week league to a 10-month long competitions in England.

“It’s difficult because English coaches are more used to working in a 10-month building process and this is very much instant. I hope to quickly learn the strengths and weakness of the squad, to try and get the best out of this squad. The early signs are that the Indian and international players are mixing well for the season ahead,” said Coppell.

The former Manchester United winger has vast managerial experience having been boss of clubs including Manchester City, Brentford, Bristol City and Brighton. For the first time, he has taken up a job of coaching a club outside of England and is getting the feel of the tough ISL grind.

“I am involved in English football all my life as player and coach. It is a 10-month grind, literally, through all weathers and all kinds of situations. It’s a mental and physical test for close to a year. ISL is totally different from anything I have been involved before.

“I was fascinated for the first couple of years, looking at the ISL from afar and I am still fascinated. I am intrigued whether what I can bring to the equation, will be successful. I certainly hope I can,” said the Kerala Blasters manager.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Author:

Aspiring Media Enthusiast, Cricket Tragic, Football Fanatic, Avid Reader, Amateur Photographer & Wannabe Sports Writer.

Cricket

IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant announces Steve Smith as their new captain

IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant announces Steve Smith as their new captain

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 19th, 2017

Rising Pune Supergiant today announced the appointment of Steve Smith as their new captain for the forthcoming edition of IPL season 10. Also Read: IPL 2017 Auc ..

Football

Mission XI Million flagged off by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and AIFF in Delhi

Mission XI Million flagged off by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and AIFF in Delhi

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 11th, 2017

New Delhi, February 10, 2017: A Government of India and All India Football Federation initiative, Mission XI Million was flagged-off earlier today by Shri. ..

Tennis

Karman Kaur Thandi unveils ASICS latest training collection – FIT YUI

Karman Kaur Thandi unveils ASICS latest training collection – FIT YUI

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 6th, 2017

New Delhi: ASICS, the Japanese Sportswear brand introduced the FIT YUI collection at the ASICS Store Select City Walk, Saket, New Delhi. ASICS Tennis Athlete Ka ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Mandeep stayed on course for a title at Youth Women’s National Championship

Mandeep stayed on course for a title at Youth Women’s National Championship

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on January 21st, 2017

New Delhi, Jan 21:  Former World junior champion Mandeep Kaur is just one step away from her title as the Punjab pugilist notched up a win over ChattisgarhR ..

Other Sports

Sharath loses to Japanese prodigy in India Open semis

Sharath loses to Japanese prodigy in India Open semis

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 19th, 2017

India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta tumbled out of the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour India Open, capitulating to Japan’s thirteen-year-old sensation Tomokazu Hor ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror