New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Jindal Steel Works (JSW) Monday appointed former Manchester United youth team player Ashley Westwood as its coach for the 2013-14 I-League Season.
Highly experienced in England as a player, Westwood, for a short period, was manager of Kettering before partnering Michael Appleton as his assistant manager at clubs including, Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.
“This was too exciting a prospect to turn down. I have been around for a fair bit of time on the English football scene and the chance to change things in this part of the world is a challenge I will relish,” said Westwood.
A defender during his playing days, Westwood began his career as a trainee at Manchester United and was part of the FA Youth Cup winning side in 1995 before turning out for a host of clubs in a career that spanned a little less than two decades in England.
Westwood added: “I did my study and have no doubt about the company its owners having vision. There is a genuine ambition to the whole project and I would love being able to leave my stamp on it.”
Parth Jindal, who looks into activities of the team said: “We are pleased to appoint Ashley Westwood as the head coach of the club. He is young, experienced and shares our vision and passion for the sport. We believe he is the right man to take our club to where we want to see it.”