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“We could have more referees in ISL” – Owen Coyle, Jamshedpur boss, suggests alternative to VAR


Jamshedpur coach Owen Coyle praised Sunil Chhetri and Bengaluru ahead of their Indian Super League (ISL) match against the Blues Monday.

“Bengaluru has many threats. They have individual threats with talented players – foreign and domestic. They have an exceptional captain in Sunil Chhetri who has been a great ambassador for himself, his club and Indian football. It is remarkable the career he has led. He still looks brilliant so he’s definitely a threat but Cleiton Silva, Dimas (Delgado), they have a number of wonderful players.

“Juanan is organizing well at the back. I know Erik Paartalu well. I think they are a threat as a group. They are united on and off the field. We are well aware of it, very respectful of it but ready for the game, “Coyle said.

“I think it’s a very difficult game for both teams. Bengaluru is a very respectful team. They have my respect, a great coach (Carles Cuadrat), very good players, a very hardworking and organized team but it is a match that we are looking for. send to.

You want to play against the best teams and the best players, and Bengaluru is forging that opportunity. We know that if we are at our best, we are able to win games against very good opponents, ”he added.

the Iron men was three more points at this stage of the competition last season. They had 13 points in eight games at the start of the season compared to 10 this season, but Coyle believes in the club’s plan.

“We are six games unbeaten (this season) but we have made tremendous progress. It’s a team that won one game in the last 13 games last year to take about eight points from the last 13 games. Anyway, there were a lot of them. As I said before, this is never a quick fix.

“For a club like Jamshedpur and Tata (Steel, a subsidiary of the Tata group of companies), you want to set up something that will serve the club for years to come. We have a clear idea and a clear vision of what we want to do and if we do this, which I am sure we will do, it gives you year after year a team that continues to improve.

“We want to make sure that when we build a team, we also give back by giving young players an opportunity. When I say young players I don’t mean just that they play in the (first) team, but at the club, at Jamshedpur and Jharkhand, we give everyone the opportunity to continue to build and grow. improve. “

Coyle suggests two more referees

League organizers Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) on Christmas Eve held an “Open Communication Forum” between ISL club head coaches, Indian Football Association (AIFF) officials and his referee department to give their suggestions regarding the level of refereeing in ISL matches.

“The referees face a difficult task – we certainly know that. It’s such a tough job and what I suggested as a coach is that we give them help, if possible, because that’s what everyone needs. Nobody comes out to do. mistakes before the game but unfortunately in our case we were severely punished by some of the things (refereeing decisions) that happened.

“That being said, we still have our fate in our hands and what we need to make sure is that what we can control, we do and the players have done. There are a couple of things we need to do better at, but if we continue with the progress we’re making, like I said before, we can face the best teams in ISL, ”Coyle said.

Owen Coyle Jamshedpur FC Odisha FC ISL 7

One of the topics discussed was the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), but the cost listed for using VAR was estimated to be around $ 6.2 million for a season.

“VAR is obviously very expensive. We felt that, as it is used in the [UEFA] Champions League with an extra goal referee, we could have two more referees (one) at each of the goal lines to help, ”suggested the Jamshedpur coach.

“The AIFF can certainly discuss these things, but like I said before, no one wants to blame the officials. We want to give them (the referees) the tools to make the job easier so that we can make the right decisions. it can happen because as a club we have been punished very severely because of it (incorrect decisions) ”, he concluded.

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