Profile and Vision

A dedicated, highly motivated and proven winner at every level of the game, with substantial international experience, having managed 6 national teams and several clubs in 4 continents over the last 25 years.

I have a clear vision for success, a track record to demonstrate my achievements, and a strong belief in both my personal ability and capacity to lead others. Discipline, strong work ethic, attention to fine detail and the creation of a highly efficient learning environment have formed the cornerstones of a holistic approach that is tried and tested. Strategic planning and innovation, combined with sheer determination and will to succeed have enabled me to consistently produce winning football teams.

I have been part of FIFA’s Elite Coaching panel since 2000, which allows me unlimited access to players and coaching staff all over the world. I am also a FIFA Instructor and have developed inventive and fresh coaching methods which transfer to match play, creating an exciting, attack minded and attractive brand. Such methods also allow the easy transition of academy and developing players to the first team, a factor fundamental to both my beliefs and the creation of assets.

 

 

I have an eye for identifying potential talent early, and am committed to bringing out the best in players. In my most recent role I have given 49 players their senior international debuts, with over 20 of them under the age of 23. I ensure a vigorous approach to the due diligence process of player acquisition, have access to copious UK and world contacts for verification, as well as several player profile databases and analytical data.

Being a good communicator and man manager, I can get the best out of people on and off the field, disregarding of the size of available budget. I have a definitive plan, clearly laid out and documented, covering all aspects of a professional and modern football department, from technical staff, strength and exercise science, analytical performance, coaching and tactics, to UK, European and global recruitment.

I have a winning mentality, am forward thinking and driven to succeed.

Curriculum Vitae

Managerial Experience

2015-19  INDIA National Team Head Coach

2014-15  RWANDA National Team Head Coach

2013-14  APPOLLON Assistant Manager – Super League Greece

2012-13  ETHNIKOS Head Coach – Premier League Cyprus

2010-12  NEA SALAMINA Head Coach – Premier League Cyprus

2010-10  APEP Head Coach – Premier League Cyprus

2009-10  SUDAN National Team Head Coach

2007-08  MALAWI National Team Head Coach

2005-06  MILLWALL FC First Team Coach

2002-05  INDIA National Team Head Coach

2000-01  AFC BOURNEMOUTH Academy Coach

1999-01  NEPAL National Team Head Coach

Individual Awards

2018  Awarded Coach of the Year by Sports Illustrated India for all Sports

2018  Nominated for Coach of the Year TOI India

2017  Coach of the Year Cypriot Coach Abroad 

2016  Voted Best English Manager Abroad

2003  Awarded Coach of the Month by the Asian Football Federation

2002  Received Order of Knighthood by the King of Nepal

Team Achievements

2019 Beat Thailand 4-1 in the Asian Cup Group stage  India’s first win in 55 years

2019 Led India to the Asian Cup Finals in the UAE  January 5th -Feb 2nd

2018 India- South Asian Cup Runners-Up (Participated with a U23 team)

2018 Led India from 176 to 96th place in the FIFA World Rankings – highest position in 40 years

2018 India - Intercontinental Cup Tournament Winners

2018 India Qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup Finals

2017-18 Historic 14 game unbeaten run at International level by India

2017 India Tri Nation Tournament Winners

2016 India - Awarded Best Developing Football Nation in Asia

2016 India - Silver Medallists in U’23’s South Asian Games

2015 India - South Asian Championship Winners

2014-15 Led Rwanda from 135 in FIFA World Rankings to an historic 64th position

2014-15 Rwanda Qualified for the African Nations Cup Qualifiers

2013-14 Ethnikos Retained Premier League status in Cyprus

2010-11 Salamina won promotion to Premier League in Cyprus

2004-5 India - Silver Medal Winners African/Asian Games

2003-4 India – Silver Medal Winners African/Asian Games U’19’s

2002 Nepal – Silver Medal Winners in South Asian Football Federation Championships

Professional Qualifications

2004  UEFA PRO LICENCE   The FA

1999  FA ADVANCED LICENCE  The FA

1996  USSF A LICENCE   United States Soccer Federation