John Gregory celebrates winning Indian Super League title
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 17/03/18 11:36pm
Former Aston Villa and QPR boss John Gregory has become the first English manager to win the Indian Super League.
Gregory's Chennaiyin side were crowned champions after a thrilling 3-2 victory over red-hot favourites Bengaluru in Saturday's final.
Chennaiyin, who were previously managed by World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, are now two-time winners of the Indian Super League.
"It's been an incredible journey for us this season," the Englishman said.
"We have come across so many obstacles throughout the season, but we have got huge togetherness.
"I've got a great set of players and the experienced players helped the young ones through. We stayed focused right till the end and it's just unbelievable.
"If I'm still the only Englishman to have won it in 20 years' time I'll be happy."
CONGRATULATIONS BOYS 💙— Vita Dani (@Vitadani11) March 17, 2018
A fantastic win in the final to get our hands on the trophy for a 2nd time!
The away support was exceptional!
Thanks to the gaffer and everyone associated with the club for giving their all!
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!#PoduMachiGoalu #HeroISLFinal
Ex-Derby boss Gregory, who has previously had managerial stints in Israel and Kazakhstan, also paid tribute to Chennaiyin co-owners Vita Dani and Abhishek Bachchan following the title success.
"They (Dani and Bhachcan) leave me alone," the 63-year-old said.
"That is a huge compliment. If you are in charge and you like to be the boss of your household, you like to be the one that makes the decisions.
"But they leave me alone. I have never been questioned (about tactics or team selection). I know other clubs where owners have come in at half-time and they criticise the players."