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English legend Teddy Sheringham going to sit on the hot seat of ISL’s Kolkata franchise

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Ask any United fan about the proudest moments in their history, and most of them will come up with the first European Cup victory and obviously the night at Camp Nou. The man whose strike restored parity in that night against the Bavarian giants and marked the start of the comeback was none other than Teddy Sheringham.

Many people in Kolkata, then ‘Calcutta’ would have also rejoiced that moment but there would have hardly been a single one who could believe that they would be able to see the hero of that night as the coach of the team of their city. Yes, Spurs and United legend Teddy Sheringham is going to become the Head-Coach of ISL’s Kolkata franchise in the upcoming season.

The British Striker would be the third Head-Coach in the history of the franchise. Both the previous coaches Antonio Habas and Molina delivered the trophy to the cabinet and the time of the 51-year-old from London at the ‘City of Joy’ would by no means be a walk in the park as the expectation will be sky-high and Sheringham is also not much experienced in the managerial world.

Sheringham, the boy from Highams Park in London began his senior career with Millwall in 1983 and stayed there for eight long years. Then he arrived at Tottenham Hotspurs in ’92 via Nottingham Forest and remained in London for the next five years and establishing himself as one of the most prominent names in English football. He soon came into the radar of Sir Alex and struck a deal with the Red Devils in ’97.

He stayed at Old Trafford until 2001 before returning to the White Hart Lane. Sherringham retired in 2008 as a player of Colchester. In his career besides winning several honours, he scored over 300 times in over 800 appearances at club level.

The Londoner also represented his nation 51 times, netting 11 goals. Sheringham will replace ISL winning coach from last year Molina. The Kolkata franchise is moving through a transitional phase. From the Spanish owners to a probable overhaul by City Group, more English influence would be noted in the setup of the franchise in the upcoming years. The roping in of the former Stevenage manager is just the way to start it off.