My philosophy is to improve the players that I coach: Jamshedpur FC head coach Aidy Boothroyd
New Jamshedpur FC head coach Aidy Boothroyd is not looking at wholesale changes to the squad after taking over the role on Sunday.
The former Watford manager will take charge of a Jamshedpur FC team that won the League Winners’ Shield last season and feels he has to build on the good work from last season.
Boothroyd replaces Owen Coyle in the dugout and the Englishman has big boots to fill but he plans to shape the team in his own way.
"My philosophy is to get the best out of the players that I am coaching. Make them individually better. For example, my team at Watford was not technically the best, but physically and mentally we were very strong with key players in key positions," Boothroyd told The Times of India.
Jamshedpur FC have a talented squad at their disposal and Boothroyd’s job will be to continue to motivate the players after last season’s success.
"I know it's not going to be easy. You should never go to a job that is very successful. To try and win after winning could be the hardest thing to do. But I am excited about the challenges here,” he said.
The Red Miners are looking to refresh the squad ahead of the new Hero ISL season but will look to keep the core of the players that got them so much success last season.
“You have to be prepared for change, and in football, things change very quickly. We will be refreshing the squad for success, with some new players into the fold. Not too many, because of the good work that they did last season," Boothroyd said.
Jamshedpur FC finished the league phase last season with 43 points, the most by any team in Hero ISL so far and Boothroyd will have his task cut out as the Red Miners will not just look to defend the Shield but also hope win the Hero ISL title that they missed out on last season after defeat to Kerala Blasters FC in the semi-finals.