NorthEast United FC appoint Gerard Nus as their new head coach
NorthEast United FC have appointed Spaniard Gerard Nus as their new head coach, the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) club announced on Tuesday. The 35-year-old head coach comes to the Hero ISL with the experience of coaching across Europe, Africa, America and Asia-Oceania, having worked in different capacities at various clubs.
A native of Tarragona in Spain, Gerard completed his coaching license at the age of 22 and joined Liverpool FC’s football academy as a coach before becoming a part of then manager Rafael Benitez’s backroom staff at the Merseyside club.
Gerard’s next move in coaching saw him join South Korea’s Chunnam Dragons as an assistant manager before returning to England in 2012 as Brighton and Hove Albion’s head of Academy Coaching. He has also spent a season with Melbourne Hearts in Australia’s A-League as assistant to Dutch manager John van 't Schip.
The Spanish head coach got his first taste of a coaching role in international football in 2014 when he joined Ghana’s national team to assist former NorthEast United head coach Avram Grant. He reached the final of the African Cup of Nations in 2015 with the Black Stars, losing out on the trophy to Ivory Coast after a penalty shootout. He also acted as the managing director of Elche CF, before joining Rayo Vallecano as deputy director back in Spain.
His first job as a club head coach saw him lead American side Rayo Oklahoma City, which played in the North American Soccer League. Gerard also re-joined the Ghana national team briefly for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, reaching the semi-finals of the tournament. His second job as head coach saw him taking charge of Irtysh Pavlodar in Kazakhstan and his most recent footballing role was as the methodology technical director at Swedish club Athletic Eskilstuna.
With tons of experience to draw from different continents and football cultures, the Highlanders have appointed a youthful yet experienced Spaniard with in-depth knowledge of the beautiful game. NorthEast have managed to qualify for the playoffs only once in the last six Hero ISL seasons, but their fans will be hoping that Gerard can help turnaround the fortunes of the club in the upcoming campaign.