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Armando Colaco, PK Banerjee and more - Indian national team coaches who have managed Indian clubs

11:24 AM MYT 27/07/2022
Armando Colaco
Former India coach Stephen Constantine is all set to join East Bengal as their new manager

Former India national team head coach Stephen Constantine is all set to join Indian Super League (ISL) club East Bengal as their head coach ahead of the upcoming 2022/23 season.

The British coach enjoyed two successful stints with the Blue Tigers - 2002-2005 and 2015-2019 - where he won four trophies (LG Cup, SAFF Championship, Intercontinental Cup and Tri-Nation Series) and guided India to their fourth Asian Cup Cup campaign in 2019.

Yet the biggest success that India achieved in the Constantine era was the massive improvement in their FIFA rankings. When the coach took over at the helm, India were ranked 173 in March 2015 but in July 2017, India climbed 77 places and were ranked 96, their best ever ranking since 1996.

Other than Constantine, who is set to take over as East Bengal's manager, there are nine other coaches in the past who have both managed the national team and coached an Indian club.

Legendary Indian managers like Syed Abdul Rahim, P.K Banerjee, Amal Dutta, Sukhwinder Singh and Armando Colaco are among the most notable names who have been in charge of both the national team and an Indian club.

  • Syed Abdul Rahim

    Syed Abdul Rahim

    India coaching stint: 1950-1963

    Club: Hyderabad City Police

  • PK Banerjee

    P.K Banerjee

    India coaching stint: 1972-1981, 1985

    Clubs: East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Tata Football Academy

  • Bob Bootland

    India coaching stint: 1982

    Clubs: Dempo SC, JCT, Vasco, Tata FC, Sesa Goa FC

  • Arun Ghosh

    Arun Ghosh

    India coaching stint: 1982

    Clubs: East Bengal

  • Syed Nayeemuddin

    Syed Nayeemuddin

    India coaching stint: 1986-1987, 1997-1998, 2005-2006

    Clubs: Mohammedan Sporting, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Mahindra United

  • Amal Dutta

    Amal Dutta

    India coaching stint: 1987-1988

    Clubs: Bengal, Odisha, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Tollygunge Agragami, United SC

  • Sukhwinder Singh

    Sukhwinder Singh

    India coaching stint: 1998-2001, 2009-2011 (India U23)

    Clubs: JCT, Churchill Brothers

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    Armando Colaco

    India coaching stint: 2011

    Clubs: Churchill Brothers, Dempo, East Bengal, FC Bardez

  • Savio Medeira

    Savio Medeira

    India coaching stint: 2011-2012

    Clubs: Salgaocar

  • Stephen Constantine Myanmar India 2017

    Stephen Constantine

    India coaching stint: 2002-2005, 2015-2019

    Club: East Bengal (unofficial)