Herbert joins Bollywood star's Super League club

Ricki Herbert will resume his coaching career at the helm of Indian Super League franchise North East United owned by Bollywood star John Abraham.

The 53-year-old former All Whites and Wellington Phoenix mentor announced his move to the Guwahati-based club in a statement on the Ricki Herbert Football Academy Facebook page.

''RHFA would like to congratulate Ricki Herbert on his new head coaching position at North East United FC in the new Indian Super League,'' it read.

''Ricki flew out this morning and is really excited about the opportunity. The Super League only runs for four and a half months meaning Ricki will be back later this year. We wish you all the best Ricki.''

The cashed-up ISL is being run along the same lines as cricket's Indian Premier League, with the first ever draft for Indian players held on July 22.

A number of aging international stars have been signed by the league including 2010 World Cup winner Joan Capdevila, 36, who comes under Herbert’s watch.

Former French star Juventus and World Cup winner David Trezeguet, 36, and Spanish UEFA Champions League winner Luis García, 36, have also inked marquee deals with clubs.

Abraham - actor, producer and former model - is in partnership with I-League outfit Shillong Lajong, and is one of several Bollywood stars to sink their money into the ISL.

The league kicks off on October 12 and runs until December 20.