After scoring two goals in seven appearances for Mumbai City FC last season, Nicolas Anelka has been named manager of the Indian club.
Anelka will serve as a player/manager, as the club heads into the second-ever season of the Indian Super League.
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The French striker was the Premier League’s top scorer for the 2008-09 season with Chelsea, and has played for top clubs throughout Europe including Manchester City, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
However, Anelka’s goalscoring has often been overshadowed by his off the field issues, being sent home from the French team during the 2010 World Cup and earning a suspension for making an inappropriate gesture after scoring a goal for West Brom. He then terminated his contract with the Baggies via Twitter, without notifying the club.
Now in India, Anelka will try his hand in management, as Mumbai City FC announced his appointment today on social media.
Despite the young status of the Indian Super League, the eight-club league boasts some pretty impressive managers.
Former Italian international Marco Materazzi serves as player/manager for Chennaiyin FC, while former Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor is in charge for the Kerala Blasters. Brazilian legend Zico manages FC Goa, and David Platt, who scored 27 times for England, coaches FC Pune City.