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From senior team assistant coach to being the head coach of the Indian national team, to blaming the young players in squad's "transitional phase"...

Savio Medeira gets the 'top job'
October 2011

29th: After serving as an assistant coach during the tenure of Bob Houghton and Armando Colaco, Savio Medeira was announced as the head coach of the Indian national team on 29 October 2011.

30th: Medeira stressed upon the fact that the whole team needs improving as an unit, rather than concentrating on any particular aspect of the game.

During the twin friendlies against Malaysia
November 2011

1st: Savio Medeira named Mehtab Hussain in the squad
Sushil Singh was the surprise addition, while Mehrajuddin Wadoo and Anwar made a return to the national team set-up after being discarded since the 2011 Asian Cup.

11th: I have called the players I have worked with in the past
Given that Medeira didn’t have much time to prepare ahead of the SAFF Championship, the coach claimed to have named a squad of players whom he has worked with in the past.

12th: The 46-year-old once again explained his squad selection
Savio also showed respect to the Malaysian team and said that the friendlies will give his side some much needed match practice ahead of the SAFF Championship in New Delhi.

... The selection protocol
Experience over experiment

13th: MATCH REPORT: India 1-1 Malaysia
New India coach Savio Medeira starts his rein with a draw in an international friendly against the ASEAN nation in Guwahati.

16th: MATCH REPORT: India 3-2 Malaysia
A Sunil Chhetri brace and a goal by Jeje Lalpekhlua gave Savio Medeira a maiden win in the Goan's second match as the head coach of India.

... Transition phase begins
The changes seemed okay

16th: Indian national team: The decision to make eight changes in the starting eleven paid off – India coach Savio Medeira
Savio made eight changes to the eleven that started in Guwahati and after the game admitted that his side needed fresh legs as they were playing two international matches in three days.

29th: 'Sunil Chhetri and Jeje Lalpekhlua's absence could create an imbalance in the team' – India coach Savio Medeira ahead of Zambia tie

29th: India 0-5 Zambia: Bwalya’s hat-trick hands reality check to Savio Medeira’s boys ahead of SAFF Championship
India’s confidence ahead of the SAFF Championship would certainly have taken a beating following their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Zambia.


SAFF Championship at home
December 2011

It is every coach’s dream to enter a competition on a winning note
On being asked as to how long this period in ‘transition’ shall continue, Medeira said,” They are some players who were part of the Bob Houghton era and aren’t for now."

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12th: Was the SAFF Championship victory enough to help restore belief in Savio Medeira’s credentials?
So that led to a question – Will Savio Medeira be given some more time and patience by the fans and authorities alike?

13th: ‘When the coaches aren’t good enough, the players won’t learn’ – India’s Technical Director Rob Baan - was that the answer?

Bhaichung Bhutia bids his farewell
January 2012

10th: MATCH REPORT: India 0-4 Bayern Munich
Savio Medeira fielded Rakesh Masih and Rocus Lamare in the midfield with Climax Lawrence benched. Sushil Singh was preferred over Jeje Lalpekhlua to partner Bhaichung Bhutia.

10th: 'Boys were carried away by big names' - Medeira
Savio Medeira took positives from India XI's defeat against FC Bayern Munich, hoping for a strong AFC Challenge Cup showing.

Climax Lawrence announces retirement
January 2012

31st: Climax Lawrence announced his retirement
After being informed by Savio Medeira that he would not be a part of the Challenge Cup squad, Climax decided to retire from International football.

Savio Medeira responded to Climax Lawrence’s tirade
On being further probed over the reasons to drop Climax from the squad, Medeira blamed the odd timings of the I-League matches.

2 Feb 2012: Climax blasted Savio Medeira for 'lying'
The former India skipper launched another attack on coach Savio Medeira for not being upfront with his thoughts with the media.

The beginning of the end?
February 2012

Savio Medeira made thirteen changes in India squad
The Indian national team coach has made several alternations to the squad that last featured in the exhibition tie against Bayern Munich.

7th: Everything needs to be revamped about Indian football
The India coach believes that a lot has to improve in the country for it to compete on the continental stage.

... The hot seat
Experiment in selection

23rd: International Friendly: Oman 5-1 India
Savio Medeira named right-back Samir Naik as the captain and handed Pune FC duo Lester Fernandez and Gurjinder Singh their national team debut while Anwar Ali was given a berth in central defence, in what was largely an experimental team put out by the Indian coach.

27th: International Friendly: Azerbaijan 3-0 India
Savio Medeira made seven changes to the team that started against Oman with Gouramangi Moirangthem, who was the captain for the day, Gurjinder Singh, Joaquim Abranches and Sushil Kumar Singh being the only players to keep their place in the team.

... Transistion continues
The changes seemed elaborate

The one that went stale
March 2012

2nd: India coach Savio Medeira announced 23-member squad
Clifford Miranda, Arnab Mondal and Baldeep Singh have all missed out due to injuries while Lester Fernandez, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Manandeep Singh and Manish Maithani also failed to make the final cut.

MATCH REPORT: India 0-2 Tajikistan
Persian Lions tame the hapless Blue Tigers

9th: 'All is not lost yet' - India head coach Savio Medeira was hopeful of India bouncing back against Philippines
India coach Savio Medeira did not hide his disappointment after India lost to Tajikistan but remained hopeful of a comeback against the Azkals.

MATCH REPORT: Philippines 2-0 India
The Azkals send Indians packing out of the competition

12th: India coach Savio Medeira lamented lack of opportunities to Indian strikers in the I-League
The 46-year-old came down heavily on the AIFF over the number of foreign players allowed in the local league while defending the quality of Indian strikers.

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14th: There was no one willing to show responsibility - India coach Savio Medeira
The coach placed the blame on the players after Team India lost all the matches without scoring a goal while Rob Baan is believed to look out for his replacement.

16th: 'Savio OUT' is the call from the fans, but can a foreign coach be the solution for Indian football?
Incidentally, in the aftermath of the failure of every foreign coach, it were the calls for an Indian coach (who would apparently understand 'our mentality' better) that would intensify.

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