Indian Super League (ISL) team ATK have announced Ashley Westwood as their new head coach for the remainder of the 2018 season, after sacking Teddy Sheringham, who failed to provide results and gave a string of poor results with the club. Sheringham couldn’t live up to the ATK owners’ expectations, as the team struggled with only 12 points from 10 games, remaining at a lowly 8th position in the league standings.
The official ATK press statement issued by the ATK Team Management on Wednesday (24 January), read,
“ATK today announced a change in their coaching set up. ATK Team management would like to thank Teddy Sheringham for his services towards Hero ISL Season 4. We wish him all the very best for his future endeavours. Ashley Westwood, will be the interim Head Coach.”
ATK were reported to be planning on replacing Teddy Sheringham by recommending the team’s Technical Director, Ashley Westwood, for the position for the rest of the season. Westwood has worked in close-cooperation with ex-coach Sheringham in building the new ATK squad before the season had started.
And as reported by Khel Now, Ashley Westwood has come to ATK after acquiring vast knowledge of Indian footballing scene, as he has also managed the excellent football club Bengaluru FC previously, where he had led them to the the I-League title a couple of seasons ago.
Teddy Sheringham, on the other hand, was rumoured to be having clashes with Ashley Westwood in the past few months, and the two could never agree on a common tactic that ATK should follow. And when Sheringham replaced ATK’s beloved Spanish core of players by bringing in English players in the last season, his popularity among the fans decreased drastically, proving a mistake for the club as well.
Sheringham and Westwood played together at Manchester United
Ironically, Ashley Westwood and Teddy Sheringham’s history goes way back in the 1990s, when Teddy was a first team player at Manchester United, and Ashley was in the youth team.
ATK are currently seven points distant from the 4th ranked FC Goa, and will now need to win virtually all of their remaining matches to earn a chance of making the playoffs. It would be an embarrassment if ATK crash out of the play-offs stage, as the formidable team has not failed to do so in the previous three seasons, where they won two championships as well.
With Ashley Westwood on board as the new ATK Head Coach, he could be standing in the dugout when ATK take on Chennaiyin FC on Thursday (25 January), at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.