INDIAN FOOTBALL

Coach Profile part 7: Thanboi Singto , Conor Nestor

Hyderabad FC

Hyderabad FC appointed a new leadership group at the helm of their first team ahead of the upcoming Hero ISL season, following Manuel Márquez Roca’s departure. Irishman Conor Nestor joins the group as a First Team Coach alongside Thangboi Singto, who joins the team as a Head Coach, and Shameel Chembakath will continue as an Assistant Coach.

Owner’s thoughts:

Speaking about the appointment of the new leadership group, Hyderabad FC owner Varun Tripuraneni said,

“We are delighted to welcome Conor Nestor to Hyderabad FC. After three good seasons, we knew we needed the right profile to build for the next few seasons. Conor is a profile we identified early and is someone who understands and fits the club philosophy. His approach has been extremely impressive, and I am confident that with Conor, the club will move in a new direction.”

Besides, he also added,

“Having Thangboi Singto back in the first team is a great boost. Thangboi has vast experience and tremendous knowledge about Indian football. Shameel, who is into his second season with the first team, is a young coach who is growing well and is always eager to learn. The group looks extremely strong, and I wish them the very best for the upcoming season and beyond.”

Coach Profile, Conor Nestor:

Conor Laurence Nestor, the Irish football manager, previously managed the Limerick U-19 team in 2014–2015. He was also in the hot seat at Cambodian Premier League side Svay Rieng. Coaching Svay Rieng for 142 matches, he won 89 matches with an average win percentage of 62.68%.

With this side, he won the Cambodian Premier League in 2019.

Coach Profile, Thanboi Singto:

Thanboi Singto, the 49-year-old Indian football manager, was the Head coach at Shillong Lajong from 2013–2017. He has won the Shillong Premier League in 2014, 2015, and 2016, the Meghalaya Invitation Cup in 2016, and the Bodousa Cup in 2016.

He was also appointed as the Assistant coach of NorthEast United in 2014, the Assistant coach and Technical Director of Kerela Blasters from 2017–2019, the Assistant Coach of Odisha FC in 2019–2020, and the assistant coach and Technical Director of Hyderabad FC from 2020–2023.

 Coaches’ Corner:

First Team coach Conor Nestor said,

“From the facilities to the staff, HFC has everything in place at the moment. So, it’s just a question of getting the right players and going forward with the right values to lead the club.”

The Irish Tactician added,

“The club is one of the youngest in the league but has already established an identity focused around youngsters. I think they have a very bright future, and it’s great to be a part of this project.”

Thanboi Singto said,

“The last three seasons at Hyderabad FC have been path-breaking. I strongly believe that for a team to succeed, the most important people are the players. But the people around the coach, whether it is his coaching staff, whether it is the other people in terms of the medical team, or in terms of media operations, when you work together as a team, success is more guaranteed than failure.”

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