Chennaiyin FC appoint John Gregory as new manager

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Indian Super League outfit Chennaiyin FC have appointed Englishman John Gregory as their new manager for the 2017-18 campaign.

Gregory will succeed Marco Materazzi who has been with the club ever since its formation in 2014. Gregory started his managerial with Portsmouth and then had spells at Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers before a four-year stint with Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Under Gregory’s guidance Aston Villa finished runners-up in the 2000 FA Cup after losing to Chelsea in the last ever FA Cup final at the Old Wembley Stadium.

Chennaiyin co-owner Mrs. Vita Dani said,

“We are very happy to have appointed John as our head coach. He has immense experience at the very highest level of the game both as a player and coach and his vision and personality matches our club philosophy and ambition. We look forward to a great season under his guidance”

After leaving Aston Villa in 2002, Gregory went on to manage Derby County and Queens Park Rangers. After that, he had two stints in Israel at Maccabi Ahi Nazareth and FC Ashdod before moving to Kazakhstan where he coached FC Kairat.

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Gregory’s last stint was at English third tier outfit Crawley Town.

“I am very excited to have joined Chennaiyin FC and would like to thank the club owners for believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity.”, Gregory said. “Chennaiyin has been one of the most consistent teams in the ISL so far and I want to continue the great work done by Marco Materazzi in the first three seasons. I am determined to help the club win the ISL trophy back for the people of Chennai and Tamil Nadu.”