Former Liverpool and Msnchester City goalkeeper David James has spoken of his interest to ply his trade in the Indian Super League (ISL) which has been conceptualized by the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) marketing partners – IMG-Reliance.
Anglian Management Group have announced a partnership with Legion Football Advisory (LFA) and as part of the deal, the ex-England number one will be seen in India later this year.
It must be noted that the 43-year old had declared himself bankrupt back in May this year, according to reports in England.
“As part of this tie-up, ex-England National goalkeeper, World Cup star and Legion client David James has expressed his desire to participate in the ISL and to help build up Indian football by providing his expertise and knowledge to current national team players as well as to up-and-coming goalkeepers,” stated the press release issued by Anglian Holdings.
Dhruv Ratra, CEO, Anglian Holdings believes that Indian football stands to benefit from the expertise LFA brings to table.
“We have been working towards the development of Indian football by creating a pipeline for exchange of talent between India and Europe and are very excited regarding this new initiative with Legion which we hope will infuse European Footballing expertise into India.
“Legion has a proven track-record in working with multiple organizations and people to raise the standard of the sport, first in the UK and then across Europe. Their inside knowledge of the sport from youth to the professional game as well as their established relationships will prove invaluable to clubs and players in India, which are only just starting to professionalize operations.”
John Colquhoun, Director of LFA, mentioned that with the I-League growing in stature and with the ISL set to be launched, Indian football is set to improve in the years to come.
“With the I-League going from strength to strength, the new and exciting ISL set to begin later this year, and the Under-17 World Cup coming to the country in 2017, India is poised to improve its game significantly over the next few years. In Anglian we found the perfect partner to achieve our goals of connecting and working with Indian entities who are committed to the success of the sport.”