Coach McKinstry joins Bangladesh Premier League team, Saif Sporting Club Ltd. (7 Nov 2018).
Saif Sporting Club Ltd. have appointed Coach McKinstry as Head Coach ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Formed in 2016, Saif Sporting secured promotion from the Championship league in their first season, and in their first year in the Premier League finished 4th securing qualification for the AFC Cup, Asia's equivalent to the UEFA Europa League.
Saif Sporting are now looking to take the next step in their development by competing for the top domestic prizes in Bangladesh, and seeking ultimately to extend their participation in continental competitions.
An ambitious club owned by one of Bangladesh's biggest companies; Saif Sporting have appointed Coach McKinstry's so that they can draw on his track record of innovation and achieving success in varied and challenging environments across the globe. This experience is seen as perfectly suited to building their technical and organisational capacity to allow them to develop into one of the top teams in the region and in Asia.
Playing out of the 12,000 Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh, McKinstry inherits a squad containing 4 members of the Bangladesh senior national team, as well as 7 members of the u-23 National team. His experience and success in developing young talent is also seen as key to nurturing these bright talents not only for the benefit of Saif Sporting, but also aiding the development of Bangladesh players at the international level.
Coach McKinstry brings with him his assistant coach and techincal analyst, Alex McCarthy.
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