ISL: Jamshedpur FC appoints Antonio Irionda head coach

The Spaniard has managed various clubs in La Liga, Segunda Division and Segunda B in a 27-year-long career.

Jamshedpur FC chairman and vice-president Chanakya Chaudhary (left) hands over jersey to Antonio Iriondo. Photo: Special Arrangement

Indian Super League club Jamshedpur FC has appointed Antonio Irionda as its head coach for the 2019-20 season.

Irionda has managed various clubs in Spain, in the La Liga, Segunda Division and Segunda B, in a 27-year-long career.

The club has also appointed technical staff to assist Irionda. Victor Herrero Forcada will be the assistant coach. The goalkeeping coach will be Alfonso Lacasa Taberne, and the fitness coach will be Munoz Miguel Luis.

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Irionda has managed 985 games in Spain. He started his career with Carabanchel in Segunda B, before switching to Rayo Majadahonda where he worked for four years. He managed Tercera Division B clubs, too, before being appointed head coach of Rayo Vallecano B in 2002.

He was promoted to Vellano's senior team later.

Irionda has also coached UD San Sebastian de Los Reyes, CD Toledo, San Fernando CD. In 2012, he began his second stint with Rayo Majadahonda, before ending his tenure in 2019.

'Thrilled'

Commenting on his appointment, Antonio said, “I am thrilled to be joining a club of Jamshedpur FC’s stature. The philosophy along with the grassroots and youth development structure that the club follows is the right way forward. I’m excited about what we can do together, and I look forward to giving everyone who loves the club some special moments.”

Jamshedpur FC CEO Mukul Choudhari said, “In Antonio, we have appointed a very experienced head coach. His methodology and passionate approach along with his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”