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ISL: ATK in advanced talks with Steve Coppell

03:54 EAT 04/06/2018
Steve Coppell ATK Jamshedpur FC ISL 4 2017/2018
The English coach has been identified as the man to revive ATK's Indian Super League journey...

Kolkata-based Indian Super League (ISL) club ATK are in advanced talks with former Kerala Blasters coach Steve Coppell, Goal can confirm. 

ATK are without a head coach going into the 2018-19 season after a failed experiment last season with Teddy Sheringham at the helm. Sheringham was sacked after a poor string of results but his replacement Ashley Westwood failed to get the club back on track as well. 

Star signing Robbie Keane was announced as player-manager towards the end of the season as Westwood parted ways and ATK ended the season ninth on the table with 16 points from 18 games. Keane led his team to the round-of-16 of the Super Cup where they suffered defeat at the hand of FC Goa. 

Coppell took Kerala Blasters to the final of the 2016 edition where they lost to ATK on penalties. He then took charge of new entrants Jamshedpur FC and took them to fifth place on the table in their inaugural season. 

The English coach is known for his defence-first approach and his teams are often built around a strong backline. Jamshedpur FC had the best defence in the league stage of ISL last season whereas ATK leaked 30 goals, the second-highest tally in the league.