Former Shillong Lajong head coach Alison Kharsyntiew has joined NorthEast United as the club’s new Indian assistant coach, the Indian Super League (ISL) team have confirmed. Hailing from Shillong in Meghalaya, Alison is an AFC A-license holder and was a youth coach at Lajong before becoming their senior team coach in 2018. He will first have to stay in quarantine under the COVID protocol of the ISL. Only then will he be allowed to join the side on the field.
The 33-year-old’s achievements at Lajong include winning the Shillong Premier League in 2014, U-19 Shillong Premier League in 2015 and U-18 Shillong Premier League in 2017. Amongst the current NorthEast players, Nim Dorjee, Rakesh Pradhan, Nabin Rabha and Pragyan Gogoi have previously worked with him. This familiarity should serve head coach Gerard Nus well as he plots a strong push for the top 4 in the table. The Highlanders are third in the table currently and unbeaten so far in the league.
Speaking about his appointment, Executive Director Priya Runchal said, “Alison comes to the Club having worked with several youngsters currently playing in the Hero ISL. His accolades are a testament to his ability and his experience in grooming players will be incredibly beneficial for our young squad. We are confident he will add significant value to our coaching setup and help us achieve our goals for the season.”
Alison himself is raring to go at his new club. He said, “I am thrilled to take up this role with Northeast United FC and I would like to thank the Club for giving me a chance to work with the first team. I have been following the games this season and am looking forward to work with Coach Gerard in achieving the objectives set out by him and helping the team fight for the championship.”