Jamshedpur FC, based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand will be one of the two new teams to feature in the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League.
TATA group won the bidding rights for one of the two expansion spots, the other going to the well-known Bengaluru FC. The bids for the two slots were available for ten cities all over the nation, namely Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cuttack, Durgapur, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, and Siliguri.
After winning the expansion bid, TATA announced that the team would be led by experienced Englishman Steve Coppell, who led Kerala Blasters FC to the previous ISL final.
Coppell – the man who discovered Ian Wright comes in with an impressive resume, having had managerial spells in some of England’s biggest teams, the likes of Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Reading, and Bristol City. Not just an impressive managerial record, Coppell has represented England 42 times while getting 7 goals in that time. He is best known for his Manchester United playing days, featuring 322 times for the Red Devils and netting 53 times.
Sunil Bhaskaran,Vice President Corporate Services, Tata Steel and Chairman of Tata Football Academy (TFA) eagerly said, “A lot of time and thought has gone into our decision of wanting to be part of the Indian Super League. The biggest factor has been the interest of the long-term future of Indian football. A longer league is the right road ahead.
This is a huge step up for the TATA football academy, which has always been an integral part of the Indian Football set up. Established in 1987, the academy has always had big numbers in the national league. Currently 20 players in the ISL and a further 8 playing in the I-league all developed at the TFA. These names include Stalwarts like Udanta Singh, Robin Singh, Narayan Das, Deepak Mondal.
Jamshedpur FC will be looking to make a positive impact in their debut season.