Gregory, who helped Chennaiyin FC win the ISL title in 2018, said, “A season over nine months is a better format for the coaches, players and club administrators. It will be very exciting for everyone to be involved in the longer-term. The project. As a coach or player, I would be incredibly excited to play a season spread over nine months. This will give you good recovery time after each game and with it a better performance from your players and obviously the coaches. More time should come for him to apply his ideas and philosophy on the training pitches.”
Gregory spent two and a half seasons at Chennaiyin FC after joining the club in 2017. The British appreciated the development of the game in the country since the introduction of Indian football.
“The season will now be in line with the type of experience Europe is experiencing. I do not doubt the future of football in India. I have seen it grow and develop itself since 2017. The sport has captured the imagination of people incredibly. Well done, especially since the ISL was introduced and world-class players have come to the country and showcase their talent. The nine-month long season is a bold move,” said Gregory.
Along with two leagues – the ISL and the I-League, the club will also participate in two cup competitions, the Durand Cup and the Super Cup. Gregory feels that the additional opportunities will help in the development of the players, creating a winning mindset.
“More silverware offered! Your career is often judged on how many cups, titles or caps you have won during your time as a player. So more competitions mean more medal prospects. E.g. -As you grow as a young player, you want to be involved in these big challenges. Playing in the semifinals and finals is important for your development as we discussed in the last season with Rohit Danu, Akash Mishra, Liston Colaco , and Kylian Nassiri in the ISL. They will gain a great deal of playing knowledge and experience. What kind of environment they faced last season. They will also understand that when you are in professional football. Win. That’s the only thing that matters and you have to do everything in your power to make sure that,” said the 68-year-old.
Gregory believes the longer season will give coaches more opportunities to invest in the youth and explore the talent for Indian football. Gregory cited the example of fellow Briton Owen Coyle, who in his second season at Jamshedpur FC won a League Shield featuring a youth-heavy team.
“Owen Coyle last season in Jamshedpur was brilliant at developing the unknowns in his team and giving them a chance to play in the ISL. Even young and unknown players cannot ignore the fact that football makes you want to be someone in life. Could give a great chance. Narendra, Rehneesh, Ricky, Boris and Ritwik Das suddenly became the first choice for Owen as they all took the opportunity the coach gave them.”
“Head coaches are now starting to rely on domestic players. More and more players are developing quickly and taking the opportunity to play the beautiful game. Many parents are now discovering that professional football can help their son or daughter. can give a wonderful life.Education is still of course extremely important but 5-6 years playing in ISL and Indian national team can prepare you for life financially if you dedicate yourself to the sport Work very hard to do and take your chance,” said Gregory.
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