The sacking of Gerard Nus, youngest coach within the ISL at 35, took many without warning. The previous NorthEast United FC coach was the toast of the league at the beginning when his facet punched above its weight to stay unbeaten in six matches. He was main David’s combat towards the Goliaths, till his sacking. Now again dwelling in Barcelona, Nus has continued to look at ISL however nonetheless can’t determine why he was sacked. He spoke completely to TOI…
What have been your first impressions concerning the Indian Tremendous League?
I actually just like the league. To be sincere, I used to be acquainted even after I did not work right here. I used to be acquainted as a result of I had numerous mates who labored right here, both as coach or participant. Once I determined to come back to India, the sensation was optimistic.
Have you ever been watching the ISL at dwelling?
Sure, I’ve watched just about all of the video games.
Had been you shocked that you just have been sacked after simply 11 matches?
I used to be actually shocked, wasn’t anticipating that. At first (with the membership), we spoke a couple of long-term venture, one thing particular. We had a extremely good begin. We have been rebuilding. In any marketing campaign, there shall be ups and downs when it comes to outcomes, however extra essential is that the staff retains bettering. That was clearly occurring. We had an id; a staff that was nicely organised, we knew learn how to defend and learn how to assault. The most important concern was shedding a key participant, Kwesi Appiah, to a nasty harm. We created many probabilities in all of the video games, however lacked the ending. It is clear what can occur after you have a substitute in place. (Deshorn) Brown has scored three targets within the first three video games. Which means quite a bit in soccer.
Once you have been sacked, NorthEast had not received in seven matches and misplaced three of the 4 video games in-between. Might the sacking be justified as a result of the staff was slipping down?
At that second, we have been in seventh place, three or 4 factors away from playoffs. There have been numerous video games nonetheless to be performed. With the bottom finances within the league, we have been within the high 4. We have been doing a very good job beneath robust circumstances. In my view, we have been unfortunate in some video games. We deserved to win extra.
There was some criticism of the staff’s model of play. A bit defensive, taking part in on the counter and, at instances, even pleased with only a level.
We have been by no means pleased with some extent. We all the time needed to win. That was our intention. In my final sport in cost, towards Bengaluru, we have been the higher facet, however missed that high quality upfront. So many probabilities. Our model was by no means defensive.
How would you describe the model?
You’ll be able to take a look at the staff now. It is the identical staff, similar ways, similar formation. Is that this staff taking part in out from the again, like tiki-taka? A staff all the time performs to its strengths. Contemplating that we had 12 gamers from the second division (I-League) final yr and understanding you’ve gotten three weeks to organize with zero nationwide staff gamers, we needed to be clear about how we assault, how we defend after which progress by means of the marketing campaign. The homeowners needed to have a long-term venture with me. We have been constructing accordingly. At first, there was a necessity to begin with a, b and c. Then d, e and f. It is a course of. We needed to have a staff that by no means offers up. Needed a staff that fights. You already know, it doesn’t matter what’s the rating, you’d be pleased with this staff. We have been united. This staff would give all the things and that is what they did from day one till my final day.
However the outcomes weren’t going your method…
This stuff occur. You do not all the time get the outcome you need. Towards Bengaluru, we have been the higher facet. Towards Jamshedpur, our first loss, we missed a penalty and misplaced (1-0). Towards Odisha, we had 18 or 20 makes an attempt, a report that point. We have been by no means defensive. We have been completely an offensive staff. One lacking element for a lot of video games was (Federico) Gallego. He’s a playmaker and makes the distinction. If you do not have Gallego, you’ll all the time miss that further spark. You can not make another person play like Gallego as a result of it takes years, and coaches haven’t got that luxurious.
Whereas saying the sacking, NorthEast stated the there was a distinction within the staff’s present ways and the membership’s philosophy and imaginative and prescient. What was the imaginative and prescient?
Good query. However I believe the membership has to reply. I do not get it, nonetheless.
Are you shocked with how NorthEast gamers have reacted since your sacking? They received three video games in a row and drew the opposite sport.
By no means shocked with the outcomes. The staff is doing the identical that we have been doing. When you’ve gotten a striker, you acquire full energy. You’ve gotten a fully-fit Gallego. You’ve gotten a staff that is aware of learn how to play. The toughest work is throughout pre-season and the primary few video games. Everybody has to know one another, they must work. Now it is the simplest factor. It is a good time to be at a venture like this when all the things has been arrange.
Did you are feeling you have been shedding the dressing room?
By no means. By no means did I see a participant not doing sufficient. Everybody needed to do nicely. Everybody gave their greatest. By no means for a second did I really feel somebody was not . That was not the issue. The problem was you’ve gotten 28 gamers and with simply two (pre-season) friendlies, with the traits of the league, some gamers will not have an opportunity. They may solely get a couple of minutes and that’s not sufficient to show themselves. I used to be unhappy as a result of I believe they deserved an opportunity. However, how are you going to give it an opportunity?
What subsequent for you?
To be sincere, the response from these weeks with out being a coach has been actually optimistic. I’ve received a number of calls already, providing me a venture as the top coach. To be sincere, I’m not in any rush. I choose to select the perfect one. This must be a severe venture, a spot that they wish to have a staff that competes for all the things.
Will you come back to India if there’s a good venture?
India is without doubt one of the locations that I received actually pleased with the work we have been doing. The one remorse is that they did not have sufficient time to complete the place this staff belongs. I consider we might have reached the playoffs. The league is getting higher. I just like the professionalism. India is a spot I’d like to return.


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