KOLKATA: Former Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham has been appointed to lead Atletico de Kolkata’s title defense in the Indian Super League 4, the club announced on Friday.

Atletico de Kolkata, the only team to win ISL twice, parted ways with Spanish coach Jose Francisco Molina, who led them to their second title, last month.

Announcing the appointment, Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Sanjiv Goenka said: “I am glad to welcome our new coach Teddy Sheringham to ATK family and strongly believe that it is going to be an enriching experience for him and the boys. Our endeavour to retain expertise and map out a compact team structure has been enhanced with Sheringham joining the team this season”

Sheringham, 51, was part of the famous treble season with Manchester United when the Red Devils clinched the English Premier League, FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. The London-born also turned out for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and West Ham United in a 24-year professional career.

He also represented the England National Team 51 times between 1993 and 2002 and was part of the two FIFA World Cup squads in 1998 and 2002.

Expressing his excitement on joining Atletico de Kolkata, Sheringham said: “I am excited to be joining ATK and can’t wait to get started. Sanjiv Goenka has told me about the Indian Super League and it seems like a great place to follow your football dreams and ambitions.”

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