OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT: Coach McKinstry calls time with Bangladesh Premier League team, Saif Sporting Club Ltd. (30 Sep 2019).
Announcing his decision, Coach McKinstry said:
"In departing SAIF Sporting Club, I wish the club and fans the very best for the future.
I want to thank the Club, staff, players and fans for their commitment during my time as Head Coach; and in particular to Md. Nasiruddin Chowdhury, SAIF Managing Director, for his support over the last 12 months.
While the time has come for me to explore new opportunities outside of Bangladesh, the relationships I have made in Dhaka and Mymensingh will last for many years to come.
I have enjoyed immensely my time working with SAIF Sporting Club and living in Bangladesh.
Together we have equalled the Club's highest ever league finish (4th) and secured it's best performance in BFF Independence Cup (quarter finals).
We also set a number of new club records: Most Points in a league season; Most Wins in a league season; Most Goals Scored in a league season.
I very much hope that the club, with its professionalism and ambitions, will achieve continued success."
Notes to Editors
- Coach McKinstry was first appointed as Head Coach of Saif Sporting Club on 7 Nov 2018 for the 2018-19 season. Following a successful season, on 1 August 2019 he was reappointed as Head Coach for the 2019-20 season. On 30 September 2019, ahead of the start of the 2019 season, he announced his departure, stating that the time had come for him to explore new opportunities outside of Bangladesh.
- During his time in charge as Head Coach, Saif Sporting Club equalled the Club's highest ever league finish (4th) and secured it's best performance in BFF Independence Cup (quarter finals). He also led the team to set a number of new club records: Most Points in a league season; Most Wins in a league season; Most Goals Scored in a league season.
- Formed in 2016, Saif Sporting are an ambitious club owned by one of Bangladesh's biggest companies. Saif Sporting appointed Coach McKinstry's so that they could draw on his track record of innovation and achieving success in varied and challenging environments across the globe. His experience was 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.
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