NorthEast United FC has entered into a 5 year partnership with I-League Club NEROCA FC that will focus on strategic Football Development across Manipur and its surrounding areas. After launching the residential Centre of Excellence in Shillong, NEUFC will focus on creating valuable partnerships throughout the North-East to identify home-grown talent from the hotbed of Indian football.
NEUFC shall hold a part of its pre-season in Imphal and play an exhibition match against NEROCA FC before the start of its Indian Super League 2017-18 campaign. Both the Clubs will be committed towards working together on Grassroots Development initiatives in the area.
"However, an official circular has now been sent to all the clubs, stating the criteria that Indian coaches have to meet to be eligible to take full charge of ISL teams.
1] The coach must have a Pro License.
2] The coach must have spent at least two years with the club and 16 matches on the bench.
3] The coach must have managed a top division team in the past.
India currently has 14 coaches with a Pro License, but not all of them meet the other two criteria.
In fact, there are just two Indians who can make the cut at the moment – FC Goa technical director Derrick Pereira and Kerala Blasters FC assistant coach Thangboi Singto."