The All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) has appointed Lee Johnson as head coach of the India Under-19 team. He will preform in this capacity in addition to his role as scout for the senior side.
Johnson was working as the Technical Director of Rwanda where he was also the head coach for the U-17 national team before his arrival in India. His experience in working with young players also extends to youth academies in England, as he duly points out.
“I worked with the Chelsea FC Academy for six years and also at the Crystal Palace FC Academy for five years," he said.
National team coach Stephen Constantine believes Johnson will prove to be a valuable asset in his new role with the U-19s.
“Lee brings a whole lot of valuable commodities with him. What we require is a full understanding of how young players need to learn. Lee has been fortunate enough to work for two big clubs in England and has also had the opportunity to witness top football coaches in action,” he told www.the-aiff.com.
“In addition to his duties as U-19 national coach, he will also be the national team scout and the assistant coach. We have worked together in Rwanda and have known each other for the last three or more years and his value addition will be immense,” Constantine added, endorsing the appointment.
Johnson is grateful for the opportunity and is looking forward to the work.
“I am happy to be here and I'm thankful to the AIFF for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I am looking forward to working with Stephen and everyone involved within the federation to help develop football in the country,” he expressed.
“In such a big country you need to find them in order to further enhance the national team squads. I will be travelling to Hero I-League matches and also youth games to identify potential players for the future,” he explained.
“We need to make sure that everyone understands what we are trying to do, and it’s all for the benefit of Indian football. We have got the potential to do good things and be successful,” he added.