Greenwood is new GFF Technical Director
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has appointed a new Technical Director following public advertisements and a competitive and comprehensive selection process.
Mr. Ian Greenwood is an English UEFA-qualified coach, with over 10 years of coaching/management experience at various levels of the sport, including the U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18 and U-21 teams at Leeds United Football Club and seven years’ experience in coach education.
The new Technical Director, who will officially begin his tenure on the October 8, 2016, functioned as Development Coach, Head Coach and Academy Coach for a number of English Football Clubs including Huddersfield Town Football Club – of the English Championship, 2007 – 2014 (Academy Coach); Leeds City College Football Academy, 2010 – 2012 (Head Coach); and Leeds United Football Club (English Championship) – his last place of employment – as a Development Coach (2004 – 2007) and as Academy Coach (2014 – 2016) respectively.
As part of his job, he designed club curriculum and technical programmes. He also supported squad and team management at various levels of the academy to progress players to the first team and youth international squads.
Greenwood, who has an MSc Degree in Sports Coaching, has also been involved in coach education in the capacity of Club/Professional Coach Mentor as well as Lecturer at the following institutions – Leeds City College, Huddersfield Town Football Club, The Football Association and Leeds Beckett University.
Leeds United’s Academy is renowned for producing England internationals such as James Milner, Fabian Delph, Aaron Lennon, Paul Robinson, Alan Smith, Jonathan Woodgate and Scott Carson. The Academy also produced Premier League players such as Harry Kewell, Ian Harte, Gary Kelly, Danny Rose, Jonny Howson, Sam Byram and Lewis Cook.
The Federation received 13 applications from eight countries including Guyana, England, Scotland, Portugal and the Philippines. Of the total received, six were shortlisted. The interview was done in two-parts; the first beginning in July and the final in August 2016.