AIFF interviewed candidates on Thursday, Stimac leader as new coach

NEW DELHI: Croatia Igor Stimac Is The Leader As The Next Coach Of The Indian Men's Team When The National Federation ( AIFF ) Officials Meet Each Other On Thursday.

The Technical Committee Of AIFF, Headed By Former India International Shyam Thapa , Will Interview The Short-listed Candidates Next At 2 PM Thursday At The Football House Here.

The AIFF's Technical Committee Has Short-listed Four Candidates, Including Two-time South Korean World Cupper Lee Min-sung And The Familiar Albert Roca, For The Job Of The Chief Coach Or The Men's National Team.

Besides Lee Min-sung And Roca, Who Tasted Huge Success At Bengaluru FC, The Other Two Aspirants In The Fray Are Former Croatia National Team Manager Igor Stimac And Former Sweden Coach Hakan Ericson.

Thapa Said After Interviewing The Probable Candidates, The Technical Committee Will Forward The Name Of The Selected Candidate To The AIFF's Executive Committee.

" It Will Be Again In The Form Of Interviews On Skype And Then The Most Suitable Name Will Be Forwarded To The Federation's Executive Committee With Recommendations. The Executive Committee Will Then Take The Final Call," Thapa Had Said.

The Position Is Subsequent Afterwards Stephen Constantine Quit The Post Following India's AFC Asian Cup Campaign Earlier This Year.

Owing To The Indian Team's Spirited Showing In The AFC Asian Cup And A Run Of 13-match Unbeaten Streak Prior To That, More Than 250 Candidates, Including Some Top Names From Europe, Have Been Applied For The Job Since Stephen Constantine Resigned.

France's World Cup Winning Coach Raymond Domenech, Former England Managers Sven-Goran Eriksson And Sam Allardyce.

These Are Pro-license Holders With National Team Experience In Major Global Events Like The World Cup, And Their Salary Was A Major Issue Of Deliberation In The First Meeting Of The Technical Committee, When It Scrutinized Around 40 Candidates For The Vacant Post.

As A Coach, Stimac Was In Charge Of The Croatian National Team From 2012 To 2013.

In Club Football, The Former Center Has Back Letter Spells In Charge Of Hajduk Split, Cibalia, NK Zagreb And Zadar, Iranian Club Sepahan And Qatari Club Al-Shahania.

Factors Like Cost, The Applicant's Familiarity With Asian Football, As Well As Their Ability To Contribute To Grassroots Development Will Be Taken Into Consideration While Appointing The Coach.

The Indian Team Is Scheduled To Play Matches In The Kings Cup On June 5 And June 8, And A Preparatory National Camp Will Be Held Under The New Coach In The Third Week Of May. The Kings Cup Will Be The New Coach's First Assignment.