Fort William have appointed the primary supervisor of South Asian heritage in senior Scottish soccer.
Shadab Iftikhar will take cost of the Highland League aspect till the top of the season, with the choice for an additional yr, in what’s a landmark appointment by the membership.
The previous Mongolia boss holds a UEFA A Licence teaching qualification and labored as an opposition scout for Roberto Martinez throughout Belgium’s Euro 2020 marketing campaign.
The 32-year-old mentioned: “I want to thank the board for giving me this chance and trusting me with this mission.
“Regardless of not having the ability to play dwelling video games at Claggan, I promise one factor, I’ll work as laborious as potential to provide the membership, the followers and the city one thing to be pleased with.”
Studying underneath Martinez
Iftikhar’s partnership with Martinez started when he was launched to then Wigan boss throughout his FA Stage 2 teaching course.
After impressing, Iftikhar was quickly writing scouting experiences concerning the Latic’s opposition and adopted Martinez to Everton.
He then turned reserve supervisor at non-league Hesketh Financial institution, earlier than changing into first-team boss.
After finishing his UEFA A Licence, Iftikhar moved to Mongolia to take cost of New Mongol Bayangol following their rise to the nation’s Premier League. He additionally turned assistant supervisor of the Mongolian nationwide staff.
He returned to England to work as an academy coach earlier than heading overseas once more to take over at Vailima Kiwi FC within the Samoa nationwide league.
Final summer time he joined up with Martinez once more as a part of the Belgium supervisor’s teaching workers at Euro 2020.