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We have the best support in terms of fan base: NorthEast United FC coach

Ricky Herbert describes the team from the north-east part of India as the 'team for the neutrals' and having strong support at every ISL venue.

Abhishek Nandwani | News18 Sportshttp://abhinandwani

Updated:October 31, 2014, 3:09 PM IST
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We have the best support in terms of fan base: NorthEast United FC coach
Ricky Herbert describes the team from the north-east part of India as the 'team for the neutrals' and having strong support at every ISL venue.

NorthEast United FC manager Ricki Herbert has praised his team for their good start to the inaugural season of Indian Super League (ISL) - describing the team from the north-east part of India as the 'team for the neutrals' and having the best support in terms of fan base.

The franchise owned by Larsing Sawyan, the CEO of Shillong Lajong, and Bollywood actor John Abraham is currently third on the points table with eight points from four games, behind leaders Atletico de Kolkata and second-placed Chennaiyan FC.

NorthEast United's have not only played in front of packed galleries at home in Guwahati, but have also won over fans in other cities with their playing style, something witnessed in their away fixture in Delhi, where the NorthEast fans outnumbered the home support for the Dynamos.

"It is incredible how other cities have been supportive of NorthEast United. I am sure they can recognise that NorthEast are investing in young Indian players for future development and success of Indian football at international level," Herbert told IBNLive Sports.

With a strong focus on grassroots development of the game in India, Herbert and his club are thankful for the support they have recieved from the locals as well as people from the other cities.

As a manager, Herbert is known to play direct and incisive football, as was clear from his time in-charge at Wellington Phoenix and the New Zealand national team. His focus has also been on counter-attacking and scoring from set pieces and that is clear from NorthEast United's play this year.

NorthEast United FC drew their last game away from home against Delhi Dynamos and will next face FC Pune City on November 3.

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