After a long hunt for the coach of the Indian national football team, the AIFF has finally zeroed in on Savio Madeira for the job. Savio has been assistant to Bob Houghton and Armando Colaco for a long time now, and AIFF feels that time has come that he should be promoted to the top job. The contract will be for 1 year.
The AIFF is already in talks with Rob Baan of Netherlands for the Technical Director (TD) job and are going to pay large sum to him. They do not want to spend too much on the national team coach too by appointing a hi-profile foreigner. The idea is that appointing even the biggest coach in the world would not help our cause. Rather, AIFF wishes to overhaul the youth development, grassroot football, infrastructure and coaching process under the able guidance of the TD.
Initially the job was offered to the current Salgaocar coach Karim Bencherifa. but Salgaocar boss refused to release him as he has 1 more year to serve Salgaocar according to the contract. The other name that was considered was of Sukhwinder Singh who is currently at the helm of Pailan Arrows. But Sukhi doesn’t have AFC ‘A’ license. Hence, Savio was an automatic choice who has AFC ‘A’ license and also has the experience of working under Bob Houghton with the national team.
The final decision, however, will be taken only after discussions with Rob Baan.