MANILA, Philippines - Global FC, the country's top football club, may have the missing piece to restore its winning ways.
Following its inclusion in the prestigious AFC President's Cup later this year, Global FC underlined its seriousness in establishing dominance in the local football scene by securing the services of veteran Scottish manager Brian Reid as its new head coach.
Global FC announced the news on their website on Sunday, January 6, a week before the team is set to face off against Nomads F.C. in the Smart Club Championships on July 13.
The club is the current United Football League (UFL) champions who edged Kaya FC in goal difference but fell short to Stallions FC 2-1 in a thrilling UFL Cup final last December denying them a rare double championship in both league and cup format.
The team had a number of changes in the coaching position throughout the league and cup competitions of the UFL. Graeme McKinnon resigned in February 2012 while Edwin Cabalida took a leave to focus on national team duty, leaving team manager Dan Palami to take the reins.
Reid is expected to dramatically boost the strategy and confidence of the team that is teeming with talent, a number of whom are part of the national team, according to team manager Dan Palami.
"His experience will give the club a lot of confidence," Palami was quoted as saying on the website.
The 42-year-old Reid is a former footballer and manager of Scottish team Ayr United. He also had managerial stints with Scottish third division club Rangers F.C.
Reid is expected to arrive in the country this week to link up with the squad in time for the kick-off of the Smart Club Championships, which will be his first match. - Rappler.com