Malaysian Super League (MSL) side Penang FA have confirmed, on Monday, that they have secured the service of Ashley Westwood, replacing Nenad Bacina as the new head coach. The former Bengaluru FC I-League wining coach signed a two-year-deal with the team and will guide them in the upcoming MSL 2017 season.
The former Portsmouth defender has reportedly turned down offers from Europe and Asia that included the technical director role at Hong Kong side Kitchee, that entails helping them to qualify for the Asian Champions League (ACL).
While he was in talks with Penang, Westwood also took a tour of the Malaysian team's facilities where he met with the management to discuss the terms of his contract.
The 40-year-old has famously led Bengaluru FC to two I-League titles in three seasons, besides a Federation Cup title and successfully navigated past the Round of 16 in the AFC Cup 2016 before leaving his post, after which his successor in Albert Roca made the Englishman proud by leading the southern Indian Eagles to the final - hosted in Doha - where they lost 1-0 to Iraq's Air Force Club.
Westwood brings with him a wealth of coaching experience and is also in-the-know with regards to the Malaysian top tier, having faced Johor Daarul Ta'zim earlier in his tenure, in the AFC Cup..