Schmeichel: I was offered to be a manager in the Indian Super League

The former Dane custodian reveals that he knew all about the ISL from the start and was due to manage one of the franchises in the inaugural edition..

GOAL EXCLUSIVE BY   BRENDON NETTO     Follow @BrendonNetto on Twitter


Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has revealed that he was offered to be a manager in the Indian Super League (ISL) but because its dates were repeatedly postponed, he had to pull out of the inaugural edition of the tournament.

"When it first came around and it was supposed to happen in the autumn of 2013, I was offered to be the manager for one of the teams," the Red Devils legend told Goal.

"Because it kept getting postponed all the time, I had to pull out but I was very interested in taking up the opportunity," he explained.

Schmeichel also stated that he was privy to the ISL project during the preliminary stages of planning and appreciates the challenge that comes with trying to establish a successful league in Asia as opposed to Europe.

"I knew about the whole project and know some of the people behind the whole idea," he revealed. "It's always going to be difficult for Asian countries to create big leagues because, Europe is so settled. I know how big the IPL (Indian Premier League, cricket) is and hopefully the ISL will be as successful," he elucidated.

When asked if he is looking to actively pursue a career in management, particularly in the ISL the Dane responded, "Hopefully I get the opportunity to consider that. There was no start date or end date so it was difficult for me to commit myself. Hopefully, now they've done one, they can nail down the dates for next time and if they come back (with an offer), I'll consider it again."

 

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