Punjab FC coach pleased with progress after top-five finish

Ed Engelkes takes over at RoundGlass Punjab FC in India . Dutchman replaces Ashley Westwood who left the club in the summer .

Chandigarh, India (March 2021-22): The arrival of Dutchman Ed Engelkes midway through the I-League season resurrected RoundGlass Punjab FCs ship and assured the club a top five finish.The Punjab FC boys returned to their feet high on Friday after a 3-3 draw with Manipur-based outfit Neroca FC in their final outing of the season.The fifth place finish will give the management a sigh of relief, particularly after the teams' run in the first phase of the tournament, which resulted in a change of hands at the top.Engelkes, 58, replaces Englishman Ashley Westwood, who had initially failed well before leaving the club.

When I learned that I would come to India, I purchased a book on cultural similarities because I worked for two years in China and noticed a huge cultural difference when compared to my own country.It is the same as Holland and India.You must also learn to adapt.Engelkes' article about adapting to modern life was quoted by AIFF.But I don't adapt in my way of playing or in my idea of what we're doing, and I have to be on the same page with the club.

I try to make players better, he said.Recalling his time as a coach, he said, Its a thrilling moment to take over in the middle of a season, which is not the best you can have as a coach.There is a lot of work to do, but the players are hard at work and they are putting in their best.So yeah, i am enjoying what I'm doing here.When asked about the changes he has made to his team's approach, the former Dutch women's team coach said, I have a different approach to what was already in place here in the first team.

However, the staff and the players must also adapt, as it is also a completely new situation for them with a new guy coming in with new rules.You should first look at players who are playing together, as they have performed in the past, and you look at the benefits they have for them.And if I have the impression that there are talented players who are delivering, they will play.I'm not sure if I've changed too much.I'm not sure what they were used to doing.

Engelkes said that the age factor isnt important and that the most important thing is the effort they put in every facet of the game.It's not important.They may be 17 or 18, or 20, if they are good players.It doesn't matter to me.

I think they will be better players and be competitive in that way, he said.And maybe not this year.You will see that they will perform well next season, because there were no hopes from them at the start of the season, and not at all.And suddenly, they see their lives are changing.

Before signing off, he explained that we talk with those players to inform them of what's happening in their lives.