Romanian Isac Doru is confirmed AIFF Technical Director

Doru to succeed Savio Medeira; named AIFF Technical Director

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has named Romanian coach Isac Doru as the new technical director of Indian Football team. Isac was given the role after the AIFF technical committee headed by Shyam Thapa found his profile suitable for the job. “Isac will be appointed the technical director with a monthly salary of 11 thousand dollars,” a source in the AIFF said. “His appointment was approved after the technical committee, headed by Shyam Thapa, found his candidature suitable.”

Among those interviewed for the job, Isac was the only one who travelled to India for the interview in person but could not produce necessary documents to enter the country and had to give his interview via video-conferencing.

Doru will succeed former India player and coach Savio Medeira. Isac’s last job was as the sports director of Japanese outfit Yokohama F Marinos. During his time at Nagoya Grampus Eight in the Japanese League, he assisted former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Doru was selected from a list of over 60 candidates who had applied for the post which was advertised earlier this year.

Born in Craiova, the 56-year old comes with a rich experience of almost 29 years in international football across many countries namely France, Japan, USA, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Qatar amongst others. He was last employed as the sporting director of three-time J-league champions Yokohama Marinos FC.

Praful Patel, president, AIFF in his statement said: “It’s nice to have Mr Doru on board. His vast experience will come in handy for Indian football. I expect him to guide us to the next level.”

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said the biggest challenge is to “sustain the momentum” gained in Indian football.

“Indian football has been experiencing a significant transition in recent years. I look up to Mr Doru to work on, and improve on the roadmap already laid down for the youth teams, and at the same time make value addition to our coach education programme, grassroots, women’s football, and men’s football too,” Das stated.

Doru thanked the AIFF for the opportunity, saying he is “looking forward to the challenge”.

“I need to thank All India Football Federation for the opportunity. I’m eager to make a positive contribution to the progress of football in India, and to work with everyone from the AIFF family,” Doru stated. He further mentioned that he is “looking forward to starting employment immediately after obtaining the traveling visa to India”.