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After Armando Colaco had left five time national champions Dempo SC, it is former Pailan Arrows and India U-22 coach, Arthur Papas who takes the hotseat at the Goan giants...

Arthur Papas has been roped in as Head Coach of five time national champions Dempo SC who had won the I-League as recently as in 2011-12, after their long serving coach, Armando Colaco had departed the Goan giants. 

According to an interview with fourfourtwo.com Dempo SC will officially announce a three year deal within the next 48 hours.

Papas will be tasked with bringing the killer instinct back to the Dempo team who slumped to a disappointing fifth this season, after winning the league. To this effect he has said that he would look to the A-League to rejevunate his team.

Speaking to fourfourtwo.com, Papas says that he is delighted to be at the helm of a club as big and successful as Dempo and his primary goal is now to infuse fresh talent into the aging squad.

“Dempo is a really big club in India – it’s one of the most successful clubs in the I-league but they haven’t rejuvenated the club."

“I wanted to get back into club coaching and this club is in a really interesting position. The biggest thing right now is just to assess the squad and bring down to the average age not only for next season but for the seasons ahead as well.

“A lot of (the team) are former international players who’ve been very good for their country but the reality is it’s hard to achieve with an aging squad when you’re playing in such hot conditions.The chairman wants me to bring in younger players and lift the professionalism of the whole club.”

Although Papas said that he would be investing heavily in snapping up young Indian talent especially with the brilliant work he has done with the AIFF developmental team, the Pailan Arrows who have grown under his astute tutelage.

“They’re not young but the thing is my Indian players will be and they need to right kind of experienced players around them.If all goes well some of the young players who are in my U22 and Arrows team will come across. I’ll probably look for between four or five players. The main thing is not to bring all of them across because then they don’t all get to play and that’s not doing them any service.”

Alwyn George, the Football Players’ Association of India Young Player of the Year, has already spoken about his desire to follow his mentor, in an exclusive interview with Goal.

“I have learned many a thing from him.He has been a great guide and has helped me on and off the field whenever I faced any problem. I look forward to having him again as my coach sometime in future.”


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