In a surprising development, Dutchman Wim Koevermans, the coach of the Indian national team has been tipped to take over as Technical Director (TD) at the All India Football Federation (AIFF), once his tenure as the gaffer has been completed, post the upcoming Incheon Games in South Korea.
It must be noted that Koevermans reign as coach of the Blue Tigers will be completed in October, with little or no scope of the contract being extended, bar a scintillating showing at the Games this September.
“Koevermans has the necessary qualification and the experience to become the TD. The AIFF is keen to make best use of his expertise once the term of the current TD, Rob Baan, comes to an end this December,” elucidated an official, briefed on the matter, to The Telegraph.
Koevermans began his career at FC Vlaardingen, progressing on to play for Fortuna Sittard and FC Groningen in his career. He also has a Dutch cap to is name and was part of the squad that won the European title at the 1988 Championships that had been held in West Germany, though he didn’t play under luminary Rinus Michels.
Koevermans also had been in charge of his country’s youth team besides being a “High Performance Director” for Ireland.
Now, Koevermans, who was chosen by Rob Baan, India’s present TD, in 2012, could have his India tenure already decided when the draw for the Asian Games’ group stages happens on 21st August.
Besides choosing the national coach for all age levels and groups, the TD wields a wide range of distinct powers, including moulding an implementable program to develop coaches and talents.