After Stimac’s exit, Former Leeds United Manager Simon Grayson to join hands with Indian Football

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Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson, the former Leeds United and Sunderland boss, is currently in talks about taking over as the manager of the India national football team. Grayson’s last job was with Indian Super League side Bengaluru, where he spent a year and a half in charge. His experience in the Indian football landscape makes him well-acquainted with both the players and the culture.

Simon Grayson’s task with Indian Football

He left Bengaluru in December 2023, despite leading the club to the ISL final earlier that year. The Blue Tigers recently parted ways with Igor Stimac after being eliminated from the Asian qualification process for the 2026 World Cup.

India’s current FIFA World Rankings position is 121st, their lowest since 2017. Their recent results have been lacklustre, winning just one game since the SAFF Championship final victory over Kuwait last July.

India hasn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1950 and hasn’t progressed beyond the group stages in the Asian Cup since 1964.

If appointed, this would be Grayson’s 10th managerial role. His coaching journey began in 2005 with Blackpool. At Leeds United, he achieved promotion from League One and re-established the team in the Championship before his dismissal in 2012.

His stint with Bengaluru provided him with invaluable insights into coaching in an unfamiliar environment, adapting to new philosophies, and managing cultural differences. Grayson’s familiarity with Indian football, combined with his coaching acumen, could be a winning formula for the national team.

As India aims to improve its footballing fortunes, Grayson’s appointment might just be the catalyst they need.

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