Former defensive midfielder of England Peter Reid has been appointed as the manager of Mumbai City FC. He is also a renowned football manager and an eminent TV personality who has been providing his expert reviews on football for many sports channels.
Peter Reid who was voted PFA player of the year back in 1985 has had a highly successful career as a manager too. He has managed top teams like England U21, Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds United, Coventry City, Thailand and Plymouth Argyle in the past.
When asked about his appointment as the manager of Mumbai City FC, he replied, "It´s a great opportunity to coach in the Indian Super League. I enjoyed working overseas with Thailand and am very much looking forward to this new challenge! We have a very competitive side, Friedrich is a great signing, and you don´t win Germany caps by luck or play over 300 Bundesliga games!" he further added, "I´ve watched a few Indian national team games and was very impressed with some of the players. I am convinced the ISL will eventually help the national team rise up the FIFA rankings."
Reid will be assisted by Steve Darby who is also a well known English football Coach and a football pundit for Espn Star sports. In the past, Darby has coached in India, Bahrain, Australia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. He also has the experience of coaching Indian players in the past as he had served as a manager of Mohun Bagan AC back in 2011.
"It´s always good to be part of something new. A great combination of youth and experience is what every team aims for! To us, Friedrich provides experience at the highest level, and in Subrata Paul, Syed Rahim Nabi and Deepak Mondal you have nearly 250 Indian caps!" said Darby. "I have seen the effect the IPL has had on cricket and hopefully this will happen with football in India. India has great players I hope this leads to further opportunities for them," he added.
When asked about The Mumbai City FC squad, Darby Said, "I have worked with Nabi before at Mohun Bagan, and believe he is one of the best all round footballers I have ever worked with. I have no doubt he could play English championship level football. Subrata is a top keeper and he was outstanding in the AFC Asian Cup. Bobby Houghton thought he was one of the best keepers he had worked with. I commentated on the India games at the Asian Cup and I kept saying... Great save by Subrata!”
Both Peter Reid and Steve Darby share have worked together in the past while coaching Thailand´s national football team.
Nishant Mehra, the Technical Director of the club said, "Together, Reid and Darby will bring decades of top-notch football experience to Mumbai City FC, enriching us with their knowledge, understanding and headship as we look at being a formidable force in the forthcoming ISL. Highly experienced and proven leaders who understand Indian football, the duo will ensure our foreign and Indian players come together perfectly to perform as a cohesive squad."
Mumbai CIty FC appoints Peter Reid as their manager and Steve Darby as the assistant manager.
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