Former England football captain Bryan Robson today disclosed that he turned down offers to coach in Indian Super League because of his commitments to the Premier League’s glamour outfit Manchester United as its global brand ambassador.
“I know about the Indian Super League and unluckily or luckily had to reject the offers to be the coach of some of the teams as it involved four months’ commitment and my priority is Manchester United,” said Robson.
Robson, who led his country on 26 occasions and was capped 90 times by England in the 1980s, said he had heard a lot of positive things about the ISL from Peter Reid, the coach of Mumbai City FC in the first year, and Mikael Silvestre, who played for Chennaiyin FC in 2014.
The 59-year-old Manchester United legend, who was part of the back-to-back premiership title winning Man United teams in 1992-93 and 1993-94, was on his first-ever visit to the city to inaugurate India’s first “Go The Distance” artificial football pitch, made out of recycled rubber by Apollo Tyres with which the Premiership club is associated with, in suburban Powai.
Talking about the upcoming Euro 2016, Robson named World Cup champions Germany as the favourites for the title, while expecting some good show by his home country, England, in the continental championship to be played in France from June 10-July 10.
“I think Germany go into competition as favourites. They have got some great players. They proved in the World Cup what a very good team they are and they go in are favourites.
“This time around England have developed a young team with a lot of pace and stamina around them. We can go into this competition in France and do very well,” said Robson who was Manchester United’s longest-serving captain after moving to the club from West Bromwich Albion in 1981.
“English Premier League is great to watch. We have top class players from around the world. (But) When we are looking around for great players for England, we don’t have an abundance of them,” Robson said.