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Day named new football coach

  • Published at 12:17 am May 18th, 2018
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Jamie Day started playing football at a young age and attended Lilleshall National Sports Centre alongside the likes of English footballers Michael Owen and Wes Brown

Former Arsenal and Bournemouth footballer Jamie Day has been named the new head coach of the Bangladesh national football team, ahead of the Saff Championship later this year.

The BFF’s national team management committee informed this in a press release Thursday.

Day will be unveiled officially at BFF House in Dhaka Saturday at 12:30pm.

Day started playing football at a young age and attended Lilleshall National Sports Centre alongside the likes of English footballers Michael Owen and Wes Brown. 

He represented England right until the U-18 level and signed a professional contract with Arsenal. 

With his career cut short by injuries, Day set his ambition of being a coach and started coaching the youth teams of Arsenal and Charlton Athletic. 

Under the personal recommendation of Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, he attained his Uefa A Coaching License and moved onto senior coaching in 2009. 

He won the Conference South title in 2013. 

His side Welling United were promoted to the Conference Premier following which he was adjudged manager of the year for the 2012/13 season. 

He moved to Gillingham as a first team coach and most recently was the assistant manager for Barrow.

According to his peers, Day is a hard working, highly motivated individual who deals well in high pressure situations. 

He is vastly experienced in coaching, man management, youth development and sports psychology. 

His wide range of experience and versatility in the various leagues in English Football is a major asset for him.

The national football team’s training camp will resume Saturday following a break of one and a half months since the Laos international friendly.

The new head coach is likely to join the camp on June 1, ahead of the Asian Games and Saff Championship in August-September. 

The BFF coaches, guided by technical and strategic director Paul Smalley, will conduct the early stages of the training camp.

The national head coach’s post has been vacant since Australian tactician Andrew Ord left the job after making his Bangladesh debut against Laos on March 27.

FACTFILE

Name: Jamie Day

DOB: September 13, 1979 (Age 38)

POB: Bexley, London, England

Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70m)

Playing position: Midfielder

Senior career: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Dover Athletic, Crawley, Welling United, Grays Athletic, Eastbourne Borough, Havant and Waterlooville, Dartford, Ebbsfleet United, Cray Valley, England U-16, U-17 and U-18

Teams managed: Welling United, Ebbsfleet United, Forest Green Rovers, Brainstree Town, Gillingham and Barrow