India attracts European names for coach shortlist

Some prominent European footballing names will be called for interviews next month for the job of India's national coach. Former French coach Michael Hidalgo and Brian Kerr, who was in charge of Ireland until they failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup, are among 30 candidates who applied to succede Syed Nyeemuddin as coach. The All India Football Federation's shortlist was suggested by FIFA through the Asian Football Confederation

"The budget at AIFF's disposal will be an important factor in the final decision," a Federation spokesman told New Kerala News. The new appointee may be given the dual responsibilities of national coach and technical director, he added. The AIFF is keen to make the appointment before India's next international assignment in Canada in June.

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