FORMER INDIAN INTERNATIONAL player Noel Anthony Wilson took a big leap in his young coaching career today when Jamshedpur FC announced his appointment as an assistant coach.
The former midfielder who played 20 matches for the national team and turned out in the top division league for major clubs like FC Kochin, Churchill Brothers, Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting and Mumbai FC, started his coaching career last year at Bengaluru's South United FC.
Earlier this year he was appointed as the head coach for Jamshedpur FC's reserve side, and now he has become a staff under first team head coach Owen Coyle.
His joining Jamshedpur FC is a return to roots of sorts, since his youth career blossomed at the famous Tata Football Academy.
In a statement issued by the club, Wilson is quoted saying,
"I thank God for giving me this opportunity and the management for handing me such a challenging position. It’s a great privilege for me to work alongside a well-established coach like Owen Coyle. I will share all my knowledge and support with Owen to help the players in the best possible manner so that we can have a successful season in the ISL... being a former TFA player, I have a big connect with the city of Jamshedpur. For me, it is the city that made me what I am today. It’s an honour to serve this city as the club’s first team assistant coach.”
Jamshedpur FC have been carefully building up a squad that can help them get into the ISL playoffs this time. Last season, poor form in their last few matches saw them finish 8th in the points table. This season with the appointment of Coyle, Wilson and a few strong signings they are emerging as a serious challenger for the top end of the table.