New Delhi: Former Dutch international, Wim Koevermans, who was on Friday appointed as Indian football coach for a two-year term, said he will try and gradually get the senior team to adopt possession football, besides giving opportunities to young talents. (Agencies)
"Football, nowadays, is about possession game and keeping the ball, and Indian players are capable of doing that...That increases the chances of winning. Will slowly move towards that style of play with national team, but from the start in academies," Koevermans said after his appointment.
"I come from a country where young players are given chances and that's what I will try and bring in here," he added.
The 52-year-old former central defender, whose tenure will be effective from July 1, was a member of The Netherlands team that won the European Championship in 1988 in West Germany.
Koevermans gave the impression that he is aware of the standard of football in India and termed his appointment a "challenging" one.
"Development of football in India is a great target, I hope to increase the level and standard of football in India. Development of football is a big task in India."
The Dutch also told the reporters here that he knows a thing or two about Indian football.
"I have been informed quite well about Indian football. Have seen a lot of videos and I can say I am very positive about what I have seen," he said.
All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das said Koevermans fits the bill appropriately.
"Wim fits the bill appropriately, he has an extremely impressive CV. Wim is a UEFA pro licence coach," Das said.
Currently the High Performance Director at Ireland, Koevermans was part of the system that produced world class players like Robin Van Persie, Wesley Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben.
"It's a always great to work with very talented players but that's in the past."
Koevermans, who has previously coached Dutch clubs including N E C Nijmegen, R B C Roosendaal and M V V Maastricht, has also taken coaching courses in China and Japan, besides playing in the Presidents Cup in South Korea.
"With my experience, I'll try and ensure that the players get better. It's a challenging job. A lot of people are working to develop football in India. We have to slowly try to change the system and adopt the best possible style of play."
Stating that he would not make any changes to his support staff, Koevermans said, "Will work with same staff. Will not make any changes to start with. I have a lot of confidence and selecting the squad for Nehru Cup should not be a problem."
Koevermans also emphasised on coach education.
"Coach education is a vital part of development of football. My philosophy is that good coaches improve the players' standards."
As far as scouting talents is concerned, he said the best time to work with the kids is when best players are around.
About the pressure of managing a team that is ranked as low as 164 in the FIFA rankings, he said, "Pressure is quite healthy. It's part of any job and I never see it as negative."
Das revealed that AIFF's technical director Rob Baan is working on a masterplan for Indian football.
"It is important for me to explain the delay in appointing a coach after Bob Houghton left. The federation had held numerous discussions and we thought we should look for a technical director first and then appoint a coach, that's exactly how it has turned out. Rob Baan is working on the overall masterplan for Indian football."
Coming back to Koevermans, Das said: "He has coached the under-21 national team of the Netherlands. Has been the chief scout of the junior Dutch team. Many of the players playing in the present Dutch are his prodigies. He has over 350 days of experience in the premier division of the Dutch league."
Das said that Savio Medeira, who Koevermans succeeded, will continue to be part of the national team support staff.
"Savio will continue to be a part of the national team support staff though we are yet to finalise in what capacity."
Savio was assistant to former coach Houghton.
New Delhi: Former Dutch international, Wim Koevermans, who was on Friday appointed as Indian football coach for a two-year term, said he will try and gradually get the senior team to adopt possession football, besides giving opportunities to young talents.