Man U's Westwood to coach B'lore side

Former Manchester United Youth team player Ashley Westwood was appointed coach of JSW’s newly created I-League team from Bangalore for the 2013-14 season.

“JSW Sports has appointed former Manchester United player Ashley Westwood as coach of the club for the upcoming I-League season,” the club said in a statement.
Parth Jindal, who looks into the 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 game. We believe he is the right man to take our Club to where we want to see it to be.”

Westwood, who began his career as a trainee for United’s academy in the mid 90s, played for more than 15 clubs and was part of the FA Youth Cup winning United side in 1995 during his playing career spanning close to two decades in England.

“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.

Westwood was convinced about the new role and challenge ahead of him. “I did my study and have no doubt about the company and 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,’’ the former defender added.

“Highly experienced in England as a player, Westwood had a period as manager of Kettering before partnering with Michael Appleton as his assistant manager at clubs including, Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn,”the club added in the statement.

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