JCT rope in a Spanish coach for revival

The disbanded outfit has got a new coach on board and the plans of a revival are now taking shape...

Jagatjit Cotton and Textile Mills Football Club, commonly known as JCT, are eager to make a comeback into the elite realm of Indian football, following their disbandment after the 2010-11 I-League season.

The Punjab side, which has been the stomping ground of several India internationals, have appointed Spanish coach Juanjo Royan Blanco as the new coach of the senior side. Though the first ever winners of the National Football League (NFL) continued having a Under-19 side even after the disbandment, this is the frst step taken by the club to restore their senior side.

Blanco, a UEFA A certified coach, who has been working in India from May 2013, was most recently the Technical Head at Arsenal Soccer Schools, India. The University of Malaga graduate has coached a number of age group tems in Spain, before coming to India to be the head coach of the SPT's Sports Academies.

The trials for the senior team will be held on 7th and 8th this month with the club expected to pick a number of local talent. A number of Punjab players who didn't get regular game-time in the last season's I-League, will look to be a part of the rosters should the All Indiia Football Federation (AIFF) allow them to participate in the second division league.

While the revamp is still being chalked out, their comeback will certinly be a massive boost for the I-League.