John Gregory appointed head coach of Chennaiyin FC

John Charles Gregory will succeed Marco Materazzi, who managed the club in its first three seasons.

John Gregory's last stint as a manger was with Crawley Town before he resigned sighting health issues.   -  Getty Images

Former English footballer, John Charles Gregory, was appointed the head coach of the Indian Super League (ISL) side, Chennaiyin FC, on Monday. Gregory will succeed Marco Materazzi, who managed the club in its first three seasons.

The 63-year-old Englishman has played for his country six times between 1983-84 and has made around 600 league appearances in English football.

 “We are very happy to have appointed John as our head coach. He has immense experience at the very highest level of the game both as a player and coach and his vision and personality matches our club philosophy and ambition. We look forward to a great season under his guidance,” Chennaiyin FC co-owner Mrs Vita Dani said in a release.

John Gregory said, “I am very excited to have joined Chennaiyin FC and would like to thank the club owners for believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity. Chennaiyin has been one of the most consistent teams in the ISL so far and I want to continue the great work done by Marco Materazzi in the first three seasons. I am determined to help the club win the ISL trophy back for the people of Chennai and Tamil Nadu.”

His coaching career kicked off at Portsmouth. He then had spells at Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers before joining the Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

Gregory guided Aston Villa to 2000 FA Cup final where the side lost to Chelsea at the Old Wembley Stadium. He spent four years at The Claret and Blue.

Gregory also managed Derby County and Queens Park Rangers in English football. He then had two stints in Israel at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth and FC Ashdod before moving to Kazakhstan where he coached FC Kairat.

Gregory's last stint as a manger was with  English third-tier club Crawley Town before he resigned citing health issues. He underwent heart surgery in 2015.