David Booth marks his entry back into Indian football as he is set to take over the reins at Salgaocar FC in the coming weeks.
This was after Karim Bencherifa resigned from the post of the chief coach at Salgaocar FC and shall join Mohun Bagan on November 18 after the Goan club were insistent on him seeing out the notice period, as mentioned in his contract.
According to sources close to Goal.com, Salgaocar FC have asked Bencherifa to hand over the reins to assistant coach Peter Valles and that the Moroccan coach must be in Goa, should his services be needed until November 17.
"Yes, David Booth will be the new head coach of Salgaocar FC", Raj Gomes, the club's secretary confirmed. "He is expected to arrive by the first week of November. He will be leaving for England to get his visa done", Gomes added.
Booth, who has had earlier stints in Indian football with Mahindra United and Mumbai FC, is one of the highly regarded coaches in the Indian circuit.
Under the Brit, Mahindra United won the Federation Cup, Mumbai League and the Super Cup in 2003-04 season. Since taking over the reins at Mumbai FC from day one, he guided them to win the I-League second division and finish second in the Mumbai Elite Division.
In their very first year in the top division, they managed a seventh place finish – which was one of the best finishes by a promoted side. It must be remembered that Booth had also won the Football Players Association of India's (FPAI) Coach of the year award recipient, which had become a bone of contention between him and Bencherifa.
Libero Sports helped finalize the deal to bring the former Mahindra United coach to Salgaocar FC.
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