Atletico de Kolkata have sacked coach Teddy Sheringham and his deputy Ashley Westwood was named interim coach ahead of the team's clash against Chennaiyin FC in an Indian Super League match. Sheringham, who was brought this season has not been able to live up to the expectations as the defending champions have stooped as low to the ninth spot in the league.
Under Sheringham, the defending champions suffered four losses and drew thrice in 10 outings to slip to eighth place in the 10-team standings.
"Sheringham is no more the coach. Westwood has taken over as interim coach and will interact with the media today. I will speak to (CEO) Raghu (Iyer) and we will shortly make an announcement," said Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Utsav Parekh.
Sheringham, a former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker, was named the coach of ATK in July last year.
With time running out fast, it will be a tough task for Westwood as ATK have eight matches left and they are yet to hit top gear. Slumping in the ninth position, the defending champions trail by 10 points from league leaders Bengaluru FC.
Westwood had guided Bengaluru FC to two I-League titles (2013-14 and 2015-16) in three seasons after taking over the coaching stint in 2013.