A photo-finish seemingly on the cards for the role of ATK Head Coach
The number of biodata that was submitted by the agents across India and the globe to the ATK management with hopes of their client becoming next ATK head coach was huge. Compilation of so many CVs has enough potential to confuse the recruiters regarding selection of the best candidate. But the ATK think-tank which this season is mainly consisting of four people, had some names in their heads pre-fixed.
If sources are to be believed then two names with whom the Indian football fans are well acquainted are now leading the race of becoming the next Head Coach of ATK, one of which is ATK’s ISL winning former coach. One is Antonio Lopez Habas who has been in the frame since the conclusion of last season and the other is the Jamshedpur FC boss from last season- Steve Coppell. Previously several names were linked to ATK of which the most prominent was the name of Ramon Diaz. ATK officials preliminarily approached Jose Molina also but the talks did not mature.
As the situation stands both Habas and Coppel are now the favourites to take helm of the Kolkata franchise next season. Although ATK management wanted to play safe by recruiting the known Spaniard but the financial demands of Antonio Lopez Habas is proving to be the stumbling block for them and Steve Coppel has arisen to the scene as another probable option who did not show much interest in extending his stay at Jamshedpur.
Now it remains to be seen whom the ATK think tank gives the final nod or whether some new name comes up but whoever comes Sanjoy Sen will most probably be seen in the ATK dugout next season as the Assistant Coach. The I-League winning former Mohun Bagan Coach was roped in by ATK for developing their youth teams and was later given the responsibility of team building promoting him to the role of Technical Director. He played pivotal role in shaping the team and bringing in players like Ricky, Balwant, Pronay etc. which resulted in ATK having arguably the best Indian footballers’ brigade for next season. Now if all goes right, the man from Chetla in Kolkata will be seen as the Deputy of the ATK Head Coach next season.