Ever since the inception of Indian Super League, the tournament has witnessed the inflow of few high profile football coaches from around the world. Many football coaches have already made their career before joining Indian Super league while few coaches unlocked the opportunities of their life after their stint in Indian Super League. In this article, we are going to look at the managers who managed a country’s national football team after Indian Super League stint
The former New Zealand international was a prolific player in his playing days who represented club like Wolverhampton Wanderers during 1980s. The Kiwi defender represented New Zealand national football team in 61 matches as a football player. He took over the head coach role of New Zealand football team from 2005 to 2013 during which he successfully led the side to FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Ricki Herbert set his first foot in Indian soil when he was appointed as the head coach of ISL based outfit Northeast United FC during the inaugural season of Indian Super League. However, Ricki Herbert failed to live up to his expectations as the Highlanders finished their inaugural season in the rock bottom position of the ISL table. After a disappointing stint in India, Herbert found his way back into international football when he was named the head coach of Papua New Guinea u23 national side. After his short spell with the Guinean team, Herbert took up the head coach role of Maldives National football team.
Englishman Trevor Morgan was named as the new head coach of Kerala Blasters during 2015-16 season of Indian Super league. Back then, Morgan was one of the most experienced coaches in Indian football as he was the head coach of East Bengal football club for three years from 2010 to 2013. Apart from East Bengal and Kerala blasters, Morgan also led Indian clubs like Dempo, Pune City etc. In his playing days, Trevor Morgan often played as a striker representing sides like Bristol City, AFC Bournemouth, Bolton Wanderers etc. After his short stint with the Kochi-based side, Morgan was named as the head coach of Bhutan national football team. He remained the head coach of Bhutan national football team for a year.