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If Baan leaves, Indian may be technical director

sports Updated: Jul 30, 2013 02:39 IST
HT Correspondent
Financial Assistance Programme

By linking it to the Financial Assistance Programme, Fifa will make it mandatory for all member associations to have a technical director. Failure to comply from January 1, 2014, will mean the annual Fifa grant of $250,000 (Rs 1.4 crore) and more importantly, all development activity would be stopped.

That's why if Robert Baan opts to not renew his two-year deal, which ends on October 31 this year, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is likely to seek a replacement.

Having suddenly taken ill in Mumbai last week, Baan is now recovering at home in Holland, said AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, speaking from New Delhi.

Das said Baan's been in touch with the AIFF over email but there's no clarity yet on whether the Dutch technical director would return to India between now and October.

At least two other AIFF officials HT spoke said Baan, 69, had made it clear in 2011 that he wouldn't seek an extension. The AIFF may seek Fifa's help to appoint a technical director if Baan opts out and it is possible that an Indian may get the job, said a federation official requesting anonymity because he isn't authorised to talk to the media.

Especially because Baan's already put in place a masterplan, Lakshya. That means it is now for the AIFF to implement the plan and hence a high-profile technical director may not be necessary.

The technical director can't be the national team coach but is usually a former player who also has the country's highest coaching badge. Since India follows the Asian Football Confederation's coach licensing programme, it is possible that an AFC Pro Licence holder may get the job.

The technical director is expected to define and lead the national team programme, help in coaches' education, supervise the schools' football set-up among other responsibilities.