The All India Football Federation (AIFF) will have to find a replacement for Robert Baan as FIFA will make it mandatory, by linking it to the financial assistance programme, for member associations to have a technical director before the turn of the New Year.
Baan, who is unlikely to be offered an extension by the Indian FA, is in Netherlands recuperating from the blackout he suffered while in Mumbai over ten days ago.
Two officials from the federation informed The Hindustan Times that Baan had mentioned before signing a contract that he wouldn’t want to stay beyond two years. It is also suggested that the world governing body for football’s help would be sought in the appointment of his successor with an Indian likely to get the job.
With Baan having already submitted his ‘Lakshya’ masterplan for the AIFF, the next technical director need not be a high profile name as the groundwork has been done.
The new technical director would need to have an Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Pro License coaching badge.