Atletico de Kolkata have pulled off a coup of sorts after securing the services of former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham as their head coach for the upcoming Indian Super League season.
The 51-year-old is a very prominent name in football, especially to those familiar with the Premier League, having been a part of the famous Manchester United squad which won the treble in 1999. Sheringham scored the equaliser in the dramatic Champions League final against Bayern Munich, which United won 2-1.
Sheringham has also played for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United during an illustrated playing career before opting to get into management. He was the attacking coach at West Ham United during the 2014-15 season but left the club in May 2015 to take over League Two (English fourth division) side Stevenage.
However, he was sacked in February 2016 after a run of poor results left the club in danger of being relegated. But during his time as the attacking coach of West Ham United, he drew plaudits for an improvement in the Hammers' attacking game and Atletico de Kolkata fans can expect the same from the Englishman.
It has been reliably learnt that Atletico de Kolkata had a deal more or less agreed with Sheringham a while back before they tried to push for Ashley Westwood, who was appointed as the Technical Director of Atletico de Kolkata on Friday, as their head coach.
However, ISL authorities declined to approve the appointment of Westwood which forced the Kolkata-based franchise to appoint the former Bengaluru FC man as Technical Director and revive the Sheringham deal.
Since Westwood is a Manchester United academy graduate, both of them should not have any trouble working together as the two-time ISL winners look set for an injection of English philosophy, a marked change from the earlier seasons where they were managed by Spanish coaches.
Atletico have already managed to retain star goalkeeper Debjit Majumder and utility man Prabir Das and now with this appointment, have sent a statement of intent to the rest of the teams that they are not ready to rest on their laurels.