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“The manager of the players from start to finish” – The success of coach Khalid Jamil of Mumbai FC at ISL


Khalid Jamil has managed in recent years to ignore the stigma of the “defensive coach”…

Khalid Jamil appears to be a man on a mission since taking charge of NorthEast United as interim head coach in January replacing Spain manager Gerard Nus.

The Highlanders, who had a drop in form halfway through the season in Nudes, look on a rejuvenated and completely different side since Jamil took over. The club have won their last three games against teams like Jamshedpur FC, ATK Mohun Bagan and the mighty Mumbai City FC, scoring two goals in each game.

The Indian head coach managed to rekindle belief among the North East players and in a very short time motivated them to produce positive results. Known to be the manager of the players through and through, the former I-League winning coach brought out the best in this set of players, most of whom were handpicked by Jamil himself.

Outsider stories go hand in hand with this Mumbai-based coach who was an integral part of Indian club football’s greatest fairy tale, Aizawl FC’s I-League triumph in the 2016-17 season.

Khalid Jamil’s playing career was short-lived due to multiple injuries and in 2008, at the age of 32, he took on his first coaching assignment when he joined the former club I -League Mumbai FC as coach of U18.

Jamil, in an interview with Goal, had revealed that he learned the value of discipline from Mumbai City Head Coach David Booth, which is a very important part of Jamil’s training manual. Players who have played under Jamil have testified that he is always the first person to arrive on the training ground and last to leave, highlighting the coach’s dedication to the task at hand. accomplish.

After Booth left Mumbai FC, Jamil replaced his idol at the helm and thus began his journey as a professional coach. He obtained his AFC Pro license in 2014 under the guidance of former Indian national team coach Wim Koevermans. The Dutch coach, according to Jamil, had an influence on the way he worked with the players.

His stint at Mumbai FC ended in 2016, after which the brightest chapter of his coaching career began. Just a month before the 2016-17 I-League season, Aizawl FC approached him with a coaching position and he happily accepted. It was a courageous decision on Jamil’s part to take on the coaching role at a club that was relegated a season ago. But he accepted the challenge and built a team that made history in the end.

Khalid Jamil Aizawl FC I-League Champions 2017

Khalid Jamil has often been criticized for being a pragmatic manager but in reality he is making the best use of the team he has at his disposal. He was branded with the tag “defensive coach” during his days at Mumbai FC, but given the squad he had at his disposal, he did his best.

Apart from Mumbai, no Khalid Jamil team has ever played defensive football, be it Aizawl or East Bengal. In their title-winning campaign, Aizawl had scored 24 goals in 18 games and won eight of his nine home games.

A year later, East Bengal under Khalid Jamil, had scored 32 goals in 18 appearances, which was the highest of any team in the league this season. They had scored eight goals more than champions Minerva Punjab and 12 more than second-placed NEROCA FC.

Zohmingliana Ralte Khalid Jamil Aizawl FC I-League 2017

The Kuwait-born coach is known to have relationships with the players he works with. He creates personal bonds with his players and is always accessible. He is committed to his students and tries to pay attention to each player individually, regardless of their pecking order in the team.

Syrian midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna, who worked with Jamil in Aizawl and East Bengal, said Goal in an exclusive interview, “He’s a gentleman. He is open to everything. He’s a good tactician. He respects the players and brings unity to the locker room. It was a very good experience working with him. I have worked with several coaches in my career. I have also worked with great coaches but Khalid Jamil is my favorite coach.

Amna’s words make it clear why Khalid Jamil has been a successful coach and his recent success with NorthEast United is just a testament to his zeal and hard work over the years.

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