The Telegraph
Saturday , August 9 , 2014
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Wim may be TD

New Delhi: Dutch Wim Koevermans is a strong contender to become the technical director (TD) of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), once his term as the chief national coach gets over after the Asian Games next month.

“Koevermans has the necessary qualification and the experience to become the TD. The AIFF is keen to make best use of his expertise once the term of the current TD, Rob Baan, comes to an end this December,” a top official told The Telegraph.

A former central defender of the Netherlands under legendary coach Rinus Michels, Koevermans, 54, was his country’s youth coach and later worked as the high performance director of Ireland.

The India job was his first assignment as the chief coach of a senior national team.

Koevermans’s term with the Indian team would come to an end in October and is unlikely to be extended, unless the India under-23 team come up with some spectacular results in the Incheon Asian Games.

The draw for the Asian Games would be held on August 21.

Under the current set up in the AIFF, the technical director has a wide range of power.

Apart from playing a big role in selecting national coaches at all levels including the senior team, the TD also gives shape to all coaching development programme and courses. The current TD, Rob Baan, also a Dutch, was instrumental in appointing Koevermans in 2012.