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.
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.
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.
"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."