Joaquin Garcia Sánchez has joined Odisha FC as Assistant Coach and Head of Football Development prior to the upcoming 2021/22 ISL campaign. The club confirmed on Tuesday, 20th July that Sanchez will join Head Coach Kiko Ramirez’s coaching staff.
Odisha FC took to its social media to announce the arrival of Joaquin Garcia Sanchez.
“We can confirm the appointment of Assistant Coach & Head of Football Development, Joaquin Garcia Sanchez to Head Coach Kiko Ramirez’s coaching staff,” posted Odisha Fc on their Twitter handle.
Sanchez, a former coach of Valencia CF’s junior youth clubs and a UEFA Pro License holder, has extensive expertise in player development. He has trained a number of notable footballers who are presently competing in Spain’s first tier, as well as directed the Valencia CF Academy in Seoul.
Serving for the Spanish Federation, Sanchez was the Director of Coaches in the Valencia region. He also managed Levante UD in Spain’s first tier of women’s football.
Odisha ended as wooden-spoon holders in the last edition of the tournament, winning only two of their 20 games. This season, though, they have taken a different strategy. Odisha FC will be hoping to change their fortunes this time around with a new leadership group.
Odisha Fc’s President Raj Athwal welcomed Joaquin Sanchez stating that his experience will be valuable to the club. He believes that Sanchez and Head Coach Ramirez will join hands together to lead Odisha FC towards success.
“I am pleased to welcome our Assistant Coach Joaquin who has an impressive track record of developing players from the youth set up to the first team. His experience in coaching and developing the youth teams at Valencia CF will be paramount as we look to build and strengthen our Academy in Odisha. As an expert in Coaching, we have no doubt, Joaquin, alongside Coach Ramirez will bring much-needed success to Odisha Football Club,” said Raj Athwal.
Looking forward to working with this great team: Joaquin Garcia Sanchez
Joaquin Sanchez expressed his excitement after joining as the Assistant Coach and Head of Football Development of Odisha FC. He stated that he is happy to take a charge of this role and is looking forward to training with some notable players in the club.
“I am happy to be part of the team as Assistant Coach of the first team and Head of Football Development for the Club. I am really looking forward to start training with the great team that we are building. To all the fans, you will feel proud of us. See you in the pitch,” said Joaquin Sanchez.
ISL 2021/22 will take place in a bio-bubble in Goa beginning November 19th. The games will be played at Fatorda Stadium, GMC Athletic Stadium, and Tilak Maidan Stadium.