Nicolai Adam- What went wrong


The head coach of Indian under 17 team Nicolai Adam has been sacked by the All India Football federation following the teams performance in the Granatkin Memorial Football Tournament in Russia.But this is not just results based reaction


Nicolai Adam had this coming due to his antics.For all his claims of ” building ” a team,he has used a significantly small sample of players. He has wasted the concept of a B team and not given a fair opportunity to enough players.

The excuses of playing U-18 teams recently has not helped. FOR ONCE , AIFF have done some due diligence and checked his claims.Teams like Iran had a couple of U14 boys who had taken part against India in the Tajikistan U14 festival earlier in the year.

No one at AIFF was expecting him to win games at the World Cup or win games at AFC or BRICS etc.But his job of developing as many player’s as possible has been wholly inadequate.He has resorted ro publicly blaming his player’s and his use of very few player’s  ( sticks with the same starters ) is not what developmental coaching is about.

His attitude towards Indian staff hasn’t been good.Given how much money has been allocated to him , he has not made the best use of the resources .

But the decision of his sacking has come at an extremely bad time.