The president of Football Players Association of India (FPAI) Renedy Singh is worried about the recent state of Indian football where a couple of I-League clubs have pulled out of the country’s premier football championship.
Renedy, the assistant coach of FC Pune City in the ongoing ISL, has been anxious more with a very recent letter from Indian skipper Sunil Chettri who has asked Renedy to initiate for a detailed discussion with the All India Football Federation top brass on the decaying state of Indian football.
Renedy, commenting on the issue, said on Thursday, “We have formed the association for the footballers. We cannot do anything regarding the withdrawal of clubs from I-league. But it is true at the time that with the three major clubs pulling out of the country’s premier championship, so many footballers have suddenly fallen in financial distress.
“But, in this case also, it will be difficult for us to build up a football team that can compete in the tournaments and recruit those footballers who have been plagued by financial distress.”
Sunil Chettri, in a letter to Renedy, has asked FPAI president to initiate for a discussion with the AIFF and try to sort out current problems of Indian football.
Renedy Singh who had participated in the ISL even in the last season, changed mind of joining FC Pune City as an assistant coach only after hearing that he would have to be under David Platt, the Pune City’s chief coach. Renedy Singh said, “Only after I heard that Platt will be the chief coach of Pune City I decided to join the team as his assistant as I have a lot of things to learn from him.”