Stephen Constantine has signed a contract extension to continue in the role of head coach of the Indian National football team until 2019. The 55-year-old coach announced the decision through his blog and is set to be the longest-serving foreign coach of India.
He has also revealed that there will be a few weeks' break in the Indian Super League (ISL) season so that the Indian national team can have more time to prepare for the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019.
Constantine announced in his personal blog, "After accepting my second contract extension with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), I will have the longest tenure of any foreign coach in Indian history, with a total of seven years (2002 – 2005; 2015 – 2019)."
The previous coach Bob Houghton was in charge for six years (2006-2011). Wim Koevermans held the position from 2012 to 2015 before Constantine came back for a second stint.
Under Constantine in his second stint, India managed to clinch the SAFF Cup 2015 by beating Afghanistan in the final. They secured qualification to the finals of the Asian Cup which is set to kick-off in January 2019. India also recorded their second highest FIFA ranking under Constantine, climbing up to 96 in July 2016.