Jamshedpur FC has signed Owen Coyle as their new Head Coach ahead of their 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) campaign. Coyle comes fresh of a spectacular performance in the 2019-20 Hero ISL season, where he took the then bottom-placed club to the Hero ISL finals. The 54-year-old Owen is distinguished by his style of attack-minded football seen in all his previous stints. Ecstatic upon signing for Jamshedpur FC, Owen said, “Jamshedpur has a tremendous football legacy. The club has all the right things in place, starting with its vision and translating into a robust foundation of grassroots, youth, Tata Football Academy, and required infrastructure such as fantastic training and accommodation facilities at par with some of those in Europe. The vociferous fans have been amongst the best in ISL over the past three seasons, which I had the opportunity to see while soaking in the atmosphere in my debut game in India at the Furnace. This club deserves to be competing at the pinnacle of the ISL and nothing less, and I am excited and honored to have been entrusted with the task.”
Tata’s commitment to sports in India Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata envisaged not only Asia's first fully integrated Steel Plant but also the model township of Jamshedpur. He advised his son, Sir Dorab Tata, to earmark "areas for Football, Hockey and Parks…."
Tata Steel's commitment to sports, in fact, preceded the building of the township. The aforesaid letter was written in 1902 and the site for Jamshedpur selected in 1907. J. R. D. Tata gave fruition to J. N. Tata's vision, inculcating sports as an integral part of Tata Steel's corporate philosophy.