ISL needs current top footballers as marquee to gain status: Steve Coppell

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Oct 9: Steve Coppell, the former Manchester United footballer and also a World Cupper is now the head coach of Kerala Blasters in the ongoing Indian Super League (ISL).

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One of the most decorated coaches in the ISL this season believes the standard of this three-month franchise football league will only increase if the franchise clubs try to rope in those footballers as marquee who are currently playing in the top flight of the game.

Steve Coppell is now the head coach of Kerala Blasters

Speaking on the issue, Coppell told over phone, “The standard of ISL will improve more if the current top footballers are roped in by the franchise clubs. Trying to project former World Cuppers or former renowned footballers will not help ISL to improve and gain its status.”

Asked about his team Kerala Blasters’ poor show in the League so far, Coppell said, “The League is not over. So, let us wait. Once the players gain understanding in between them we will also start winning.”

Commenting on other teams’ performance so far in the League, Coppell opined that Atletico De Kolkata has been impressive and according to the coach the pair of Ian Hume and Heldier Poschiga in the penetrative zone has been the best so far.

Coppell was also asked about how to increase popularity of football in this country. And the 61-year old British coach explained saying, “Actually, the passion for the game starts from the ground. So I feel, firstly the football grounds in this country must be improved a lot as it is in England or in Europe.. Then the required infrastructure development should be developed. Otherwise, how one kid will be infatuated for the game after joining any football school or any club academy? Unless they start cherishing with the beautiful ground and well-equipped infrastructure they will not fall in love for the game.”

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