Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Brit in India

David Booth is off to India, again
Keeping you in the loop with David Booth, the recently departed Phnom Penh Crown head coach, who has wasted no time in being appointed as coach of Indian League team Salgaocar FC and will move into the hot seat in the 1st week of November. David is no stranger to Indian football having coached both Mahindra United (twice) and Mumbai, as well as being voted India's coach of the year in 2009. His new team Salgaocar won the I-League title in 2011 so they too are no strangers to success, like their new head coach. David had a number of options once it was known he was leaving Crown and I know that he has a penchant for India, having had lots of success there before. Throughout his time at Crown, behind the scenes, he was trying to resolve a contractual dispute with his previous club, Sisaket, with the case going all the way to FIFA, who were fully behind David. A few weeks ago the financial aspects of the case were finally resolved, in David's favour. It was a long-running headache where Sisaket dragged their feet, that the Crown coach couldn't done without. Anyway, he's currently enjoying some holiday-time with his family in Thailand, before he will head out to India soon enough. The I-League season is already underway, with Salgaocar, who are based in the West Indian state of Goa, holding a point from their two games played. Personally, I hope David has a great time back in India, he has a lot of respect and good things to say about Indian football, as I have great respect too for the no-nonsense Yorkshireman from Barnsley.

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