ISL 2022-23: Jamshedpur FC appoints ex-Watford manager Boothroyd as head coach

Boothroyd joins the club as a replacement to Owen Coyle, who left the club after leading it to the ISL League Winners title.

Boothroyd was instrumental in developing various players for the England National Team with players like Ben Chilwell, Calum Hudson-Odoi and Trent Alexander Arnold.

Boothroyd was instrumental in developing various players for the England National Team with players like Ben Chilwell, Calum Hudson-Odoi and Trent Alexander Arnold. | Photo Credit: Jamshedpur FC

Boothroyd joins the club as a replacement to Owen Coyle, who left the club after leading it to the ISL League Winners title.

Jamshedpur FC has signed Adrian Neil Boothroyd as its new Head Coach ahead of 2022-23 Indian Super League (ISL) campaign.

The Englishman, who is fondly known as Aidy, comes with an illustrious record with various top clubs in England and most recently worked with The Football Association (TheFA) to manage the English Youth Teams whom he led to various honors and was instrumental in player development.

Upon signing for Jamshedpur FC, the 51-year-old underlined his ambitions with the club.

“Jamshedpur FC are the Champions of India currently and the city has a tremendous football legacy. We want to continue this upward trajectory and make the club reach places and win honours that our fans are dreaming of,” he said.

“We want to take the club to the next level and to compete really with the top teams of Asia. In order to do that have to be able to evolve the team, continue developing our players, improve all departments, generate even more connection with our fans at the Furnace, recruit top, top talent along with the best people for this club to drive this project to that level. I am excited and honoured to have been entrusted with the task.”

Boothroyd began his managerial career when his first breakthrough came in March 2005 as he was appointed by Watford at the age of 34. The Englishman enjoyed immediate success as The Hornets secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2005-06 season. His success with Watford made Boothroyd regarded as one of the best young managers in England.

After 3 memorable seasons with Watford which included a semi-final spot in the FA Cup in 2007, Boothroyd managed Colchester United, Coventry City and Northampton Town before taking over the role at The FA to manage the English Youth Teams.

Boothroyd was instrumental in developing various players for the England National Team with players like Ben Chilwell, Calum Hudson-Odoi, Trent Alexander Arnold, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka - all coming through the ranks after featuring under Aidy Boothroyd’s teams.

I am excited with the prospect of our squad play in front of the vociferous Red Miners as football in India slowly resumes back to normalcy.

—  Adrian Neil Boothroyd about JFC fans

The players developed from the youth teams were also instrumental in England’s successful FIFA World Cup 2018 and UEFA Euro 2020 campaigns. His attacking minded philosophy was for all to be seen as his England U21 team had a 65% win ratio, an average of 58% possession and leaped to 2nd place in the UEFA U21 Coefficient Ranking.

“Aidy comes with a tremendous track record and with phenomenal experience in football at the top level. His ambitions are well-aligned with our vision of the club. He has been known to develop young players with an eye to spot the best talent as well. His winning mentality and football philosophy made his appointment an easy decision.,” said Chanakya Chaudhary, Chairman of Jamshedpur FC.

“The fans have been amongst the best in ISL since the club was established. This is going to be an exciting season, the Englishman added.”

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