Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood: No set target for the team this season

The Englishman stated that his primary role is to ensure steady development of the side and not just focus on their performance in the league…

Bengaluru FC enjoys the luxury of not being relegated for the next three seasons. Coach Ashley Westwood expressed his desire to utilize the said time to build the right foundation at the club which shall go a long way in developing local talent.

"We do not have any compulsory targets for the season. We want to build our foundations correctly, with steady growth, right from the academy to the youth teams. It’s not just about the I-League,” he mentioned at the official launch of the club.

“I have been handed the responsibility to build the standard of home grown players and seeing to it that their development is on the right track,” he added.

He went on to praise the acquisition of India skipper Sunil Chhetri who snubbed an offer from IMG-Reliance and I-League champions Churchill Brothers to join Bengaluru FC.

"Sunil Chhetri is a massive signing. It shows the seriousness and ambition of the owners and the club. He is the most recognized figure in the squad and it only helps me and my team that I have a quality striker.”

Westwood added a touch of realism and spoke of looking to improve gradually in all facets to build the club from bottoms up.

“I know that the football culture is a lot different in England and in India, but no club around the world is perfect. There is room for improvement in every sphere, in every club, and we are looking forward to achieving that. I have an excellent staff, with assistant Pradhyum Reddy.”

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