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    Michael Johnson head coach

    Post by RRC on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 8:13 am



    Former Derby County captain Michael Johnson has been named head coach of the Guyana national
    football team. The 44-year-old will carry out the role alongside his position of Rams club ambassador.
    Guyana, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, are a member of the CONCACAF (Confederation of North,
    Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and is currently 164th in thr FIFA world rankings.

    “I just can’t wait to get started," said Johnson. "The attraction of the role was the direction of Guyana.
    The Guyana Football Federation is looking to really make strides, to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup
    and to break into the FIFA top 100. “It’s not just about results, it’s also about helping to grow the
    infrastructure of the country regarding coach education, youth talent, and the possible links between our
    nations - that’s what’s exciting.”

    As a player, Johnson made 656 appearances during spells with Notts County, Birmingham City, Derby and
    Sheffield Wednesday. He also won 13 caps for Jamaica. During his time with the Rams, he helped them
    win promotion to the Premier League in 2006-07. Since hanging up his boots, Johnson has earned his
    UEFA Pro Licence and League Managers' Association Diploma in Football Management. He has had spells
    as youth team manager and first-team caretaker boss at Notts County, and also had a stint as assistant
    manager of the Cardiff City under-21 side.

    Guyana Football Federation president Wayne Forde said: “The GFF team is delighted to welcome Michael
    Johnson on board – the best qualified national coach in the history of the Golden Jaguars. With his
    professional expertise and top-level experience as a player, Michael will set a new gold standard for the
    football in Guyana. The GFF is determined to elevate Guyana to the level it belongs – a Caribbean football
    powerhouse at the top of the regional rankings."

    Johnson was one of 200 applicants for the job.

    “Michael comes with outstanding references from the very highest level of the game, including former
    England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and the English FA," said GFF technical director Ian Greenwood.
    He fits perfectly with the profile we were looking for as we look to build for the future and prepare young
    Guyanese talent for success at international level. With Michael in charge, we are confident we can qualify
    for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, on our way to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.”

    Johnson is due to visit Guyana shortly "to meet the GFF team, players, football stakeholders and the
    national media, and to observe progress in the construction of the GFF National Training Centre at
    Providence".

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    Re: Michael Johnson head coach

    Post by New England Ram on Tue 05 Jun 2018, 11:18 am

    One of my favourite people in football a class individual.
    I am glad that at least for now he is still going to be involved with the Rams.
    Although I suspect if he makes a success of this he will move on completely.





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