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Former Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory believes that the nine months season will be much better for everyone, especially players and coaches. The organizers have already proposed a change in the calendar, one that would align with the European Leagues from the 2022-23 season. The Indian Super League season will start in August and run through to May the following year.

“For coaches, players, and club administrators having the season stretched out over nine months is a much better format. It will be tremendously exciting for everyone to be involved in a long-term project,” John Gregory said. “As a coach or player, I would be incredibly excited about playing the season spread across nine months. It will give you good recovery time after each game and with that should come better performances from your players and obviously more time for coaches to implement their ideas and philosophies on the training pitches.”

“The season now will be more in line with the type of season that certainly Europe experiences. I don’t doubt the future of football in India. I’ve seen it myself since 2017 grow and grow. The game has captured the imagination of the people incredibly well, particularly since the ISL was introduced and world-class players have come to the country and paraded their talents. The season expanding to nine months is a bold step,” he added. “Your career is often judged on how many cups, titles, or caps you won during your time as a player. So, more competitions mean more chances of medals. As you develop as a young player you want to be involved in these big challenges. Playing in the semi-finals and finals is important for your development as we saw last season in the ISL for players such as Rohit Danu, Akash Mishra, Liston Colaco, and Kiyan Nassiri.”

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