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9 Football People You Didn't Know Are In The Indian Super League

9 Football People You Didn't Know Are In The Indian Super League

Robbie Keane is guaranteeing the Indian Super League an unprecedented level of interest in Ireland, but even in spite of his herculean efforts, there are some elements of the competition that have evaded the public's interest, even in a land as fanatical as this. So to bring you up to speed, here are some people in the league you may recognise.

John Gregory 

The former Villa manager is the head coach at Chennaiyin FC, taking over from Marco Materazzi. It's his first gig since leaving Crawley Town in 2015.

Steve Coppell

Coppell brought Reading a long way during his time in charge, and since leaving,  he has travelled the long distances. He is now the head coach at Jamshedpur FC, having previously worked with Kerala Blasters.

David James 

James ended one career and started another in India, having ended his playing days with Kerala Blasters. He took over as player-manager in 2014, and has returned to take over full time. He succeeds former Manchester United assistant manager and Fulham boss, Rene Meulensteen.

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Avram Grant 

Grant, the football manager who looks most like a gravedigger, has landed a coaching gig with the drearily-named Northeast United. His previous job was with the Ghanian national team.

Andre Bikey

You may remember the burly centre-half from his time at Reading, where he worked with Steve Coppell. Bikey is now working with Coppell again, this time at Jamshedpur FC. Quite wonderfully, the official ISL website describes him as "a true footballing journeyman". They aren't wrong: Jamshedpur is his seventeenth different club.

Ryan Taylor

The ex-Newcastle defender, who developed a reputation for scoring the occasional screamer, is now playing with Robbie Keane at ATK.

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Wes Brown

Brown left Manchester United for Sunderland in 2011, and after a few years at the Stadium of Light, he headed south for Blackburn. Brown only played five league games at Ewood Park but made some steps into coaching at the club, before heading to India to join Kerala Blasters last year.

Dimitar Berbatov 

Having enjoyed a wonderful partnership at Spurs, Berbatov has sought not to be too far from Robbie Keane so he too has ended up in India. He plays with Brown and under James with Kerala Blasters, and has thus far scored just one goal in seven games.

Hermann Hreidarsson

The Icelandic defender, erstwhile of Ipswich, Charlton, and Portsmouth retired at Fylkir in his home country. He took his first steps into coaching at the club, and he is now continuing down that path in India: he is serving as David James' assistant manager with Kerala Blasters.

 

Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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