NorthEast United FC ropes in Khalid Jamil as assistant coach

Indian Super League club Khalid Jamil has roped in former I-League winning coach Khalid Jamil as its assistant coach.

Khalid Jamil has penned a three-year deal with Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC.   -  Special Arrangement

Khalid Jamil has joined Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC as its assistant coach on a three-year deal, the cliub announced on Wednesday. Jamil will also serve as NEUFC's head of academy.

Jamil is a decorated manager, best known for leading Aizawl FC to its maiden I-League trophy in 2017. Remarkably, Aizawl remained unbeaten at home throughout its title-campaign.

His primary role at NEUFC would be to nurture and groom talent from across the region and oversee the expansion of the club’s residential academy.

Khalid Jamil poses with NorthEast United FC owner and Bollywood actor John Abraham.   -  Special Arrangement

 

On the appointment, Jamil said: “It is a pleasure for me to be associated with NorthEast United and contribute towards the grooming and scouting of young players. The North East is the hotbed of talent and it is an exciting opportunity to be back in the region that breathes football. I would like to thank the management for their trust and for providing this opportunity to help build a sustainable youth structure for the club – one that is a conveyor belt for the first team. Our goal is to turn this system into one of the best in the country with the ability to cater to over 200 youth prospects at a time. In my capacity as Assistant Coach to the First Team, I look forward to working in the ISL for the first time and am confident that we can top last year’s excellent season.”

NorthEast United’s executive director Priya Runchal said: “Identifying, grooming and providing a pathway for talent from the North East has always been a guiding vision for the club. Not only does Khalid have vast knowledge about India’s football landscape, he is also very familiar with the region. His past accomplishments such as winning the I-League and developing players fills us with confidence that he is the right candidate for the job. We are extremely happy to welcome him to the Highlander family.”

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