5/11/2019 5:33:38 PM (GMT+3)

Chennaiyin FC extends Gregory contract till 2020

Chennaiyin FC extends Gregory contract till 2020

NEW DELHI, India: Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC has extended their contract with coach John Gregory till 2019-20 season, the club said in a statement on Saturday.

John led CFC to a second ISL title in 2017-18 thus helping them become the first side to qualify for the AFC Cup.

Despite a disappointing 2018-19 ISL campaign, Chennaiyin went on to finish as 2019 Super Cup runners-up last month and currently occupy top spot midway through the 2019 AFC Cup group stage.

“It’s a great feeling extending my stay with the Chennaiyin family. My journey so far in India has really given me the whole range of emotions and experience, after the ISL title triumph in the first season followed by the disappointment in the same competition last season,” said Gregory.

He was presented with the esteemed League Managers’ Association (LMA) Special Achievement Award in May last year for becoming the first Englishman to win the ISL title. In July 2018, he was also awarded the ISL Coach of the Year trophy by the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC) for winning the ISL in his first-ever coaching stint in India.

“I feel I have some unfinished business here. The objective is to reward our loyal and unconditional supporters with a memorable AFC Cup journey and the chance to challenge for a third ISL trophy. We will all fight together and certainly come back stronger than ever before to achieve these goals,” said the Englishman, who also celebrated his 65th birthday.