ATK appoint Steve Coppell as head coach for upcoming ISL season
Written by: ATK
The Englishman had previously been in-charge of Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC.
Indian Super League (ISL) outfit ATK have signed former Jamshedpur FC gaffer Stephen Coppell as the Head Coach for the upcoming season of Indian Super League. Coppell has had an illustrious career as a right winger for both his country England and his club, Manchester United.
An experienced manager, 62-year old Steve Coppell has been the manager for English clubs such as Crystal Palace and Reading, achieving major success with them. He has also managed clubs such as Manchester City, Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Brentford.
Steve Coppell is not new to ISL and has previously been Manager for Kerala Blasters and Jamshedpur FC.
“I am glad to welcome our new Head Coach Steve Coppell to the ATK family. It has been our effort to build an experienced and balanced side, which will be enhanced with Coppell joining the squad this season," said ATK's Principal Owner Sanjiv Goenka.
"One of the world’s most respected wingers and an exceptional manager himself, I am hopeful Steve will lead the way for ATK with his unique strategies and his enthusiasm," he added.
“I am delighted to accept the position of Head Coach for ATK for the coming season. ATK has a proud history in the ISL and I hope that with the hard work and skill, we can match the ambitions of our fans and everyone associated with the Club," Coppell asserted.
Earlier this month, ATK confirmed the signing of several high profile players for the upcoming ISL season. With Coppell and Sanjoy Sen at the helm, it is now only a matter of time to see how two clever strategists shape up the Kolkata franchise in the coming months.
ATK have already roped in prolific scorers such as Manuel Lanzarote, Kalu Uche and Balwant Singh from FC Goa, Delhi Dynamos and Mumbai City FC. Keeping Coppell's defensive solidity in mind, ATK have already signed the likes of Pronay Halder, John Johnson and retained the likes of Prabir Das and Debjit Majumder from last season's squad with indications to more defensive signings in the coming months.
Here are the confirmed ATK squad as of now: John Johnson, Manuel Lanzarote, Kalu Uche, Debjit Majumder, Prabir Das, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Jayesh Rane, Arindam Bhattacharya, Avilash Paul, Arnab Mondal, Hitesh Sharma, Ankit Mukherjee, Aiborlang Khongjee, Ricky Lallawmawma, Sena Ralte, Pronay Halder, Malsawmzuala, Cavin Lobo, SK. Faiaz, Lalmuankima, Komal Thatal, Balwant Singh.
Published: Mon Jun 18, 2018 05:05 PM IST