Indian Football: Departing Nicolai Adam wishes U-17 team all the very best

Granatkin Memorial Cup 2016
The German coach has wished his former charges well as the Indian FA formally announced his departure...

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has formally announced that head coach of the Indian U-17 national team, Nicolai Adam, has stepped down from his post by mutual consent. 

AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das said: “We are grateful to Nicolai for his services towards development of the Indian U-17 National Team and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

Nicolai Adam took charge of the team in April 2015 with a view to developing them for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup to be held in India

Did Nicolai Adam's splintered relationship with U17 players possibly lead to his ouster?

The former Azerbaijan U-19 coach's position was put under threat after the players and several staff members of the team filed a written complaint with the AIFF, expressing displeasure with the coach's methods, and refused to function under him. It did not help that this development came after a disappointing show in the Granatkin memorial youth football championship in Russia last month, where the Indian colts finished a deplorable 16th. 

Nicolai Adam India U-17 coach

The German coach was asked to step down soon after a meeting with AIFF President Praful Patel in New Delhi and the Indian football's governing body has now managed to negotiate the terms of his departure. Moreover, the search for a new coach to guide the team through the upcoming FIFA U17 World Cup later this year has been initiated. 

Indian Colts finish last in Granatkin Cup

Article continues below

"The process of selecting a new National coach for the U-17 National Team has already been initiated. We shall appoint a replacement very soon and also hope to get the desired results," Kushal Das added. 

Nicolai Adam, who was recommended to AIFF by the German FA, wished the team well in a statement which read, "I am grateful to AIFF for giving me the opportunity to serve as coach of the Indian U-17 National Team. I wish all the bright young talent the very best."