Australian coach Nathan Hall nears Indian I-League appointment

The 27-year-old is highly rated in Asia and appears close to claiming the United Sikkim job, with the club still reeling from their 10-1 defeat by Prayag United Indonesia   By PADDY HIGGS

Australian Nathan Hall is in line to win the coaching position at Indian I-League club United Sikkim.

The 27-year-old has not held a position of note back in his homeland, but has an AFC A licence and is favourite to assume the helm of the Snow Lions after their poor start to the 2012-13 season.

Hall [pictured right] is well regarded in Asian football, having impressed in assistant coach roles at Thai Premier League clubs Thai Port FC and TTM Chiangmai.

Indian football legend Baichung Bhatia has assumed a playing-coach role after the club moved Belgian Phillipe De Ridder into an administrative position following the 10-1 thumping at the hands of Prayag United on November 10.

But the striker has no designs on the full-time role, and revealed talks with Hall had reached an advanced stage.

"We will have installed a new coach by the first of December. I cannot say the deal is 100 percent done with him [Hall], but we are close to reaching an agreement and it shall soon be confirmed," he said.

"While he is quite young, he has extensive coaching experience in Australia and Thailand amongst other places."

- with Ayush Srivastava

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