Juan Ferrando takes charge of scouting young guns for ATK Mohun Bagan
Hero Indian Super League (ISL) outfit ATK Mohun Bagan have handed their head coach Juan Ferrando an additional responsibility of scouting for three age groups - under-18, under-15, and under-13, this announcement was made by the club on Thursday.
The Mariners, last month, qualified for the AFC Cup 2022 inter-zonal semi-finals after finishing the campaign at the top of the group. Juan Ferrando's tactical genius was identified as one of the main reasons as to why the Mariners topped in Group D.
The 41-year-old will begin preliminary scouting for three age groups — under-18, under-15, and under-13 — on June 20 at Salt Lake Stadium and he will be joined by his deputy Bastab Roy.
Before making it to the senior team, the selected footballers will have a chance to wear the green-and-maroon jersey in the AIFF's age-group competition. The players like Kiyan Nassiri, Arsh Anwar, Sumit Rathi, and Fardeen Ali Mollah have all come via their youth program.
The U-18 trials will take place on June 20-22, followed by the U-15 selection on June 24-26. The trial for U-13 will take place on June 28-30. Youngsters who are interested in participating in the trials, need to bring their Aadhaar card or an age-proof certificate.
ATK Mohun Bagan management had an immense trust in the Spaniard, moving forward with this additional responsibility handed to him because when he joined the Mariners in the previous Hero ISL campaign, he orchestrated a formidable change in the system, turning the Mariners from being a defensive and counter-attacking side to a more possession-based, emphasizing high pressing. He got the best out of the likes of Liston Colaco, Joni Kauko, Tiri, Roy Krishna, and more. In doing so the Mariners produced some entertaining, attacking football under difficult circumstances.