There was plenty of intrigue surrounding the youngest head coach in the Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21). Gerard Nus, 35, was the toast of the league with NorthEast United FC at the start of the season. The sceptics cheered him on when he started off with an ultimate ‘David vs Goliath’ slaying of Mumbai City FC.

His team’s supporters enjoyed his unbridled enthusiasm on the sidelines each week. When he swore on national television to express his approval of his team, the followers of the game all secretly wished it was them in his place.

Then the wins dried up. There were just two to start with. After eight gameweeks in the top four, the team slipped to seventh. Seven winless games later, NEUFC has decided to part ways with the Spaniard. The club announced its decision to sack him hours after the 1-1 draw against Bengaluru FC on Tuesday.

Nus reacts on the touchline…

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