New Delhi: The Indian football team’s spirited showings in recent times seem to be having a ripple effect with the position of the men’s coach attracting over 250 applications, an unprecedented number that also includes some well-known names from Europe.The post has been left vacant since Stephen Constantine resigned following the Indian team’s failure to make the knockouts of the AFC Asian Cup after coming close to doing so.Contrary to speculations doing the rounds, All India Football Federation (AIFF) sources categorically denied that they are not exactly looking to recruit a high-profile name. In the recent past, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das had also said that they would appoint a coach based on the team’s requirements and not get carried away by big names.The list of applicants also includes coaches from the Indian Super League and I-League.”The big names doing the rounds need not necessarily fulfil the criteria of the AIFF. Early next week the concerned committee will make a short-list and the candidates would then be interviewed by the technical committee, and based on its recommendations, the executive committee would make the appointment from among the final list,” a well-placed AIFF source said.Established names doing the rounds are Italian Giovanni De Biasi, Hakan Ericson of Sweden, France’s Raymond Domnech and England’s Sam Allardyce.While these are undoubtedly big names, the AIFF has also received applications from people who do not have the credentials and licence.The deadline for applying for the top job ended on March 29.Among others, Bengaluru FC’s highly successful former coach Albert Roca has also emerged as the frontrunner for the job, with many national team players favouring his appointment.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.The team won the Federation Cup and the Super Cup, but missed out on the AFC Cup and the ISL titles. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
There are another three FA Cup third round replays taking place later tonight, but they’re unlikely to match last night’s drama at Upton Park.West Ham came out on-top of an epic penalty shoot-out against 10-man Everton to secure their progress to the fourth-round.Both sides held the lead during the game, which finished dead-locked 2-all after extra-time and there were 20 penalties taken during the shoot-out before Hammers goalkeeper, Adrían scored the decisive goal to help his side to a 9-8 win. West Hams win sets up a fourth-round trip to Bristol City, who beat Doncaster 2-0.Fulham also needed spot-kicks to win their tie, as they got past Wolves, and will now play Sunderland.Chesterfield’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe earned them a game with Derby.Tonights’ replay action will see Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich host Southampton while Tottenham face Burnley in an all Premier League clash.The other game features Bradford against Millwall.
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