9/20/2018 6:31:31 PM (GMT+3)

Football coaching in India is a risky job, says ex-India international Barreto

Football coaching in India is a risky job, says ex-India international Barreto

MARGAO, Goa: Those who followed Indian football in the 1990s would certainly remember Franky Barreto -- the tall and efficient centre-back who donned the national colours and several top clubs including Salgaocar, East Bengal, Churchill Brothers and Vasco Sports Club.

Unlike some of his former team-mates, the 46-year-old left the country soon after hanging up his boots in 2003 and enrolled in a management school in Dubai.

“If you are looking to start a new career after retirement, then coaching isn’t the right profession in India. It’s definitely not worth taking a risk. I wanted a stable job and I'm happy with what I'm today,” Barreto told khelupdates.com.

The former defender, who has completed England FA Level 2 (UEFA B-part 1) Certificate Coaching Course, is currently employed as Manager Student Services in University of Wollongong in Dubai where he also coaches their team.

“Football was and is still a passion for me, but I always felt my strength was in administration (when I say management),” he added.

Edited excerpts from an interview.

KU: Do you think that Indian coaches are not so much valued as more faith is reposed in foreign coaches?

We need to start believing in our coaches. We get to hear lot of young Indian coaches in the sports these days. The Indian federation and the state associations should promote them.

KU: Do you think there is a clash of interest between Goa Football Development Council (GFDC), Goa Football Association (GFA) and Sports Authority of Goa (SAG)?

I think GFA should take more responsibility as they’re the parent body in the state. They should develop a plan and take support from GFDC, SAG, FC Goa grassroots development and village clubs. But sadly, there are too many authorities who’ve their own agenda. There’s need for a centralised plan.

GFA need to start thinking about it so as GDFC. Just having coaching centres does not mean the work is done. Goan football should’ve a long-term plan.

KU:  What’s your opinion on Goan football’s standard?

Efforts are being made by the GFA, GFDC, SAG and FC Goa to develop the sport. I’m hopeful they must be doing a good work at the grassroot level. With new technology, endorsements, TV rights, and players’ agents, football has become commercial then just being a sport, Goan football need to move with time.

KU: What are the remedial measures that need to be followed?

The Goan clubs should be back in the I-League. Currently, the options are very limited for the footballers as there’re no teams from the state in the league while the Indian Super League has just one Goan side and, that’s something isn’t good for the sport. We need to take the help of eminent coaches like Armando Colaco, Derrick Pereira, Savio Medeira and Mariano Dias on the sport’s development.

KU: What’s the role of the veteran players football association in developing the sport?

I’m pretty sure they must be doing a good job. The AWES Cup is a good example to promote football and remembering the veterans. The tournament is a unique concept and a good gesture to remember the former players who brought laurels and fame for the state and country.