Chennaiyin FC’s John Gregory wins special League Managers Association award
Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory was presented with a Special Achievement Award by England’s League Managers’ Association (LMA) for becoming the first Englishman to win the Indian Super League (ISL).football Updated: May 16, 2018 11:27 IST
Chennaiyin FC head coach John Gregory was awarded a Special Achievement Award by England’s League Managers’ Association (LMA) for leading the Indian Super League (ISL) side to their second league title in the 2017/18 season.
On a night that saw Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola win the Manager of the Year award, John Gregory was presented with the special honour for becoming the first Englishman to win the franchise-based football league.
“It was fantastic to win the title in my first season in India. Football in India is growing and the ISL is getting better and better. The standard of football is improving and more people are taking interest. I just can’t wait to go back and try and defend the title,” Gregory said after receiving the award.
Gregory, who has managed English clubs Aston Villa, QPR, Derby County and Portsmouth, recently penned a one-year contract extension with the Chennai-based side.
Chennaiyin FC had finished second in the league standings but caused two upsets in the knockout rounds, beating FC Goa and Bengaluru FC in the semi-finals and final respectively.
The 64-year-old Gregory was roundly praised for winning the league, mainly due to the fact that Chennaiyin finished seventh in the season before he arrived.
Chennaiyin FC’s ISL win was all the more amazing because they knocked out the two teams most experts considered favourites to win this edition of the tournament.