Kerala Blasters FC coach Steve Coppell has stressed that the India Super League's aim should be to leave a lasting legacy for the youth of India. Coppell also felt that the league can drop international stars for a good local player by emphasising more on developing home-grown talent.
"The objective should be to play more football, become more competitive. I've been here 12 games now and I find it hard to understand. Is the purpose
The former Manchester United midfielder stressed that it should be about leaving a lasting legacy which can help India break into the top-100 of the FIFA rankings in the near future.
"One of the prime purposes is to leave a legacy
If provided with proper facilities and training, Coppell felt that the league can go without the luxury of signing a marquee player in favour of a local talent.
"It will be
The 61-year-old is of the opinion that a season lasting just nine weeks will not help to inspire the younger generation.
"Longer season than nine weeks will impact young people more. Better facilities for kids. Six years onwards to be coached properly with coaches with proper education," insisted Coppell.
Currently, Coppell's team Kerala Blasters are fourth in the ISL table with 18 points from 12 games and will face third-placed Atletico de Kolkata on Tuesday to book a place in the semifinals.