Coach of the Year
By Stephen Constantine, Aug 14 2018 03:22PM
This week I was delighted to get my hands on the Sports Illustrated “Coach of the Year” trophy.
The awards took place in New Delhi in June. Sadly I could not attend but I was absolutely thrilled when I learned I had won.
The awards have been going for eight years and cover all sports – not just football. For example, Sportsperson of the Year was badminton star Kidambi Srikanth, while legendary hockey player Dhanraj Pillay was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
To be honoured alongside people like that is a huge honour. As you know, we have made real progress on the pitch, so for that to be recognised is very satisfying. And it’s not just about me – I feel this is recognition for Indian football as a whole. We’re finally making ourselves heard!
Although my name is on the trophy, I genuinely look upon this as a collective achievement – everyone from the administrators, to the players, and of course the fans deserve credit. I’m especially grateful to my backroom staff, who posed alongside the trophy with me.
If England is my first home, and Cyprus (where my family live) is my second home, then India is my third home. I have been incredibly lucky to spend seven years of my career here. I will forever be grateful to the country for the opportunities it has given me, so it is incredibly humbling to win such a prestigious national award.
Thanks to everyone for their support. Football management can be a lonely business, and so every supportive word – whether in person or online – means a lot.
Now let’s get ready to attack the Asian Cup in January!