The Bangladesh Football Federation on Thursday announced Englishman Jamie Day as the head coach of embattled national football team, ranked 197th in the world.
Day, an UEFA ‘A’ Licensed coach and a former Arsenal midfielder, has became the 20th foreign coach in the history Bangladesh and 10th in last 10 years.
The 38-year old Day will replace Anglo-Australian Andrew Ord, who resigned from the post on March 31.
Day’s first assignment will be with the Under-23 national team in the Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2, followed by the SAFF Championship in Dhaka.
According to a BFF press release, Day started playing football at a young age and attended Lilleshall National Sports centre along with former England striker Michael Owen.
He represented England Under-18 team and signed a professional contract with Arsenal in 1997, but never got a chance to play for the senior side.
Having his career cut short by injuries, Day started his coaching career at the age of 30 and obtained an UEFA ‘A’ license subsequently.
Day moved onto senior coaching in 2009 and signed for Welling United as player-manager role.
He was also named as manager of the year for the 2012-13 season following his success with Welling United, a sixth-tier club in England.
However, Day never handled any national side in his career like his predecessor Ord.
BFF’s national team’s committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed said that they appointed Day considering his experience with several clubs at different level in English football.
‘I have discussed with him [Day] for the last one-and-half month and found that he was involved with many clubs in different capacities,’ Nabil said.
‘I interviewed him in London last week before taking the final decision in our last meeting.’
Day never coached any team outside England in his coaching career but Nabil said it should not be a big issue.
‘Even though he didn’t have any experience to work with the South Asian football, I’m sure he made some homework in the last few weeks to get some idea,’ he said.
‘After he arrives here [Bangladesh], he can get a clear idea from our local coaches as well.’
Nabil said Day was expected to arrive here in the first week of June and would work with national and Under-23 teams till the SAFF Championship.
Nabil added that he had asked Day to look an assistant coach and fitness trainer for the national
‘We told him to find an assistant coach as well as a fitness trainer and we believe we would find them by the first week of June. We will appoint a goalkeeping coach also,’ he said.
Bangladesh national team will begin their training camp for both Asian Games and SAFF Championship later this month under the local coaches.
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