Westwood to leave ATK after fall out with Sheringham?

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Ashley Westwood

Bengaluru, November 29: ATK Technical Director and former BFC head coach Ashley Westwood could part ways with the Indian Super League soon after reports have emerged that the Englishman has fallen out with ATK boss Teddy Sheringham.

ATK made a complete overhaul of their squad and management after they broke their tie with Spanish side Atletico Madrid this summer. The Kolkata based side replaced their title-winning coach Jose Molina and instead added English flavour in their squad.

The Two times ISL winners roped in former Manchester United and Spurs legend Teddy Sheringham as their head coach whereas for the technical aspect they hired experienced and two-time I-League winning former Bengaluru FC manager Ashley Westwood.

The duo has been working relentlessly with the squad for the last three months and replacing all the Spanish players added English Premier League and British touch to their squad with the signing of former Spurs player Robbie Keane, Manchester United youth Tom Thorpe, Bolton Legend Jussi Jääskeläinen etc.

However, after two matches in the season, ATK could not manage to live upto the hype as they lost one and drew one. In their last match against FC Pune City at home, they suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss and now according to reports, the former BFC manager and Sheringham had a rift between them over the tactics and gameplay.

Also, as per reports, following the game Westwood has raised a few issues about Sheringham's training methods and this suggestion did not go down well with the ATK boss. Therefore, with disagreements between the manager and technical director a departure of the latter can be expected after this season although no concrete news of Westwood's exit has been reported as of yet.

ATK are currently ninth in the league table and will face Jamshedpur FC in their next game in a tricky away trip on December 1st.

Story first published: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 14:00 [IST]
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