Northeast United FC have appointed former Liverpool FC conditioning coach and youth academy manager Gerard Nus as their new Head Coach ahead of ISL 7.
The 35-year-old UEFA Pro Licence holder had a keen interest in coaching while he was still a player. After an ankle injury signalled the end of his playing career, he turned to coaching full-time. Gerard also has a degree in sports science which he completed at the age of 22.
The Spaniard’s first big break in coaching came in 2007 with Liverpool FC’s youth academy where he was a coach following which he became part of the manager Rafael Benítez’s backroom staff.
After he left Liverpool in 2010, Gerard was made assistant manager at South Korean side Chunnam Dragons for a season following which he took up the role of Head of Academy Coaching with current EPL side Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
Over the next few years, he was assistant manager at Melbourne Heart and the Ghana NT, Sporting Director at Spanish clubs Elche CF and Rayo Vallecano and manager with US-based Rayo OKC and Kazakh club FC Irtysh Pavlodar. During his stint with the Ghanaian NT under Avram Grant, the Black Stars reached the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
In December of 2018, Gerard joined Swedish club AFC Eskilstuna as Head of Academy Coaching and that is his most recent assignment in football prior to joining NEUFC.
Towards the latter part of last season, the Highlanders were under caretaker manager Khalid Jamil after sacking Croatian coach Robert Jarni for poor performances which saw them finish in 9th place. The appointment of Gerard Nus ahead of ISL 7 will be their eighth managerial appointment in six seasons.