NorthEast United FC were left searching for answers to some unexpected questions when Sergio Farias left the Indian Super League franchisee just a month after he was appointed as the head coach. The good news, however, is that the ISL side have got in Farias' successor in a very short time and by the looks of it, the latest choice has been spot on.
Nelo Vingada, fondly known as the "Professor," has been appointed as the new coach of the side ahead of ISL 2016. The 63-year-old Portuguese coach has been into football coaching for close to 35 years and has lifted major honours during his managerial tenure.
Vingada was the assistant manager to Carlos Queiroz for the Portugal U-20 side that won two FIFA U-20 World Cup crowns in 1989 and 1991. Portugal veteran winger Luis Figo was a part of the squad.
The experienced coach then moved to manage the Saudi Arabia national football team and helped them clinch the AFC Asian Cup title in 1996. Vingada's major honours as a manager in club football include inspiring well-known Korean side FC Seoul to the K League and the League Cup title in 2010.