In what will come as a shocking news for not only the fans of the Indian Super League but also all around the world, Indian franchise Delhi Dynamos are set for a big coup in the coming days.
Manchester United legend and former Valencia manager Gary Neville is reportedly on his way to the sub-continent before the start of the next season of the ISL.
Neville who was a part of the United administration at the start of the season was snatched up by Spanish side Valencia who gave the 41-year old his first stint as a manager.
However, his exploits in Spain did not last long after a horrible run of form in the La Liga as he was sacked after just 4 months in charge of the club.
When Neville was given the marching orders, Valencia were just 6 points off the drop zone with 8 games still left in the season. This shows that the former United man is not completely ready for the challenges in the top leagues in Europe.
However, it is now understood that he will try and gain some experience in Asia which might not be as challenging as other leagues in the world.
Though nothing is confirmed, Neville’s next move makes a lot of sense.
Roberto Carlos, who is currently in charge of the Delhi franchise is also acting as a player and if Neville does take his place, he can provide a completely different view to the competition and can even help the franchise rule the league next season.
The news first broke out after a tweet from a reliable source that Neville is already appointed but no official announcement has been made by the club so far.
Here is the tweet:
— Baljit Rihal (@BaljitRihal) May 6, 2016
The owners of the club, Delhi-based DEN Networks are not someone who will back down when it comes to money and if they do manage to get the former Manchester United man for the next season of the ISL it will go down as one of the biggest coup in the world of football.
A good stint in India will also help the former Sky Pundit in upgrading his resume after an unsuccessful start to his managerial career in Spain.
This news has already taken the social media by storm.
Most of the football fans who read the news felt that Neville’s move to India was based only on money.
Tom McDermott the talksport.com journalist tweeted the same and got a fitting reply from the Gary Neville himself.
I don't know if the Gary Neville move to India is true but it appears from the outside that it's money led. Surprised.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) May 6, 2016
This tweet seemed to have made Neville angry who hit back asking McDermott if he is even a journalist.
@footballmcd are you a journalist?
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 6, 2016
But the fact that the 41-year old did not refute the claims will come as great news for the ISL franchise and football in India as a whole.
Let’s hope that more and more big names make it to the ISL and in-turn increasing the popularity of the game in the country.