Jamshedpur FC on Sunday announced the appointment of Khalid Jamil as theur head coach. An AFC Pro Licensed coach, Jamil will embark on his journey with Jamshedpur FC, starting with the Kalinga Super Cup in January, followed by the remainder of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 season.

Jamil is a distinguished figure in Indian football, both as a former player and as head coach. He is notably the first Indian to be the permanent head coach of an ISL team and the only Indian coach to have guided a team to the ISL playoffs. Khalid's illustrious career includes individual accolades of having won the I-League Best Coach Award for the 2016-17 season with Aizawl and the FPAI Indian Football awards: Coach of the Year (2020-21) with NorthEast United FC.

Jamshedpur FC CEO, Mukul Choudhari said, “I welcome Khalid Jamil, a coach with thorough experience in ISL and I-League. We have everything to play for with the Kalinga Super Cup and half of the ISL remaining. Hence, we believe he has the understanding, experience and track record in Indian Football to build and take us forward, starting with the very next game."

Khalid’s first engagement in the ISL was with NorthEast United FC where he signed as the Head of Academy in 2019-20. His breakthrough with the club came in 2020-21 when he was hired as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season and he led the Highlanders to the playoffs including a 10-game unbeaten streak. In lieu of his performances, Khalid was appointed as their head coach for the 2021-22 season, making him the first Indian permanent head coach of an ISL club. He also led Aizawl FC to the 2016-17 I-League title, making Aizawl the first club from Northeast region of India to win the national title. His heroics with Aizawl FC were noticed by the entire Indian football fraternity and his achievement took him to be the head coach at East Bengal and later Mohun Bagan.

Khalid expressed his delight on signing for Jamshedpur FC. He said, “I want to thank the club management for giving me this opportunity and I feel very excited to join Jamshedpur FC. Our target is to bring Jamshedpur FC in a better position and for that we all must work hard to bring Jamshedpur on top."

Khalid also had a message for the ever present and vociferous fans of Jamshedpur and Jharkhand and said, "Keep supporting Jamshedpur FC, we need your support in every match, more than ever."

Khalid will be taking charge of the squad immediately as the attention shifts to the Kalinga Super Cup where Jamshedpur FC’s first challenge is versus NorthEast United FC in Bhubaneswar on 10th January.