John Gregory, the Chennaiyin FC head coach, has bagged the ISL Coach of the Year award instituted by the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC).

The award was presented at AIFC’s inaugural awards at the DY Patil School of Medicine in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday, a press note said here.

Gregory was recognised for guiding Chennaiyin FC to its second ISL title in March this year, in his first ever coaching stint in India.

“This award belongs to the entire coaching staff, management and everyone else associated with Chennaiyin FC for the fantastic last season,” Gregory said in a video message from London.

He said he was excited to return to India in a few weeks and begin a new campaign for the champions and defend the ISL title.

“The support of a body like AIFC is extremely important for the entire fraternity of coaches. From all of us at Chennaiyin FC, we would be glad to help aspiring coaches out there in their endeavours,” he added.

Under Gregory, Chennaiyin FC won its second ISL title in March, finishing the campaign with an eight-game unbeaten run. The victory also ensured CFC a place in the 2019 AFC Cup.

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