Bangladesh Premier League outfit Saif Sporting Club appointed veteran English coach John Stewart Hall as its head coach for the next season, said an official of the club on Sunday.
Hall, a 59-year-old former head coach of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, would replace former English coach Ryan Northmore, who had been sacked by the club after the Independence Cup.
Saif officials said the club has signed a one-year-deal with the coach, effective from April 15.
‘We struggled a lot with our former coach, who lacked experience. Before finalising Hall, we considered his huge experience in the subcontinent,’ Saif SC managing director Nasiruddin Chowdhury told New Age.
Hall, the former director of Birmingham City Academy, an English Premier League club, guided Indian professional football club Pune FC from 2007 to 2009.
Hall also has experience of working in African countries like Tanzania and Kenya. He guided Kenyan top-tier team A.F.C. Leopards last year.
‘Last season we had to change our head coach twice as nobody brought any notable success for us,’ said Chowdhury.
Saif finished fourth in their maiden appearance in the Bangladesh Premier League to qualify for the AFC Cup play-off, which they eventually to TC Sports Club of Maldives.
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