Renowned Asian football coach Morgan to lead United City


MANILA, PHILIPPINES


Multi-titled head coach Trevor Morgan is set to lead Southeast Asia's top football club in the 2020 AFC Cup restart

Three-time Philippines Football League (PFL) champion United City Football Club (UCFC) has tapped multi-titled head coach Trevor Morgan to lead the team in the upcoming 2020 AFC Cup.

British-Australian Trevor Morgan is no stranger to Asian football as he made a mark in the Indian Super League – winning 8 trophies across 3 seasons, including the Calcutta Cup and Calcutta League.

In his stint in East Bengal, the team became the first Indian club to reach the quarterfinals with an unbeaten record in the 2013 AFC Cup.

"His exposure to various leagues: From the English Football League, the English Premiere League, the Indian Super League, Singapore S-League, Western Australian State League, Malaysia Super Liga, to name a few, has prepared him very well for his new role as the head coach of United City Football Club (UCFC), which suits very well the ambition that this club has," said club co-founder Eric Gottschalk.

"Trevor will bring the necessary experience onto the pitch to immediately get the team as best as possible competition ready, which considering the long COVID break is a key task in itself."

"We have high ambitions for the local league and the AFC Cup and we believe, Trevor is the right coach especially since he is no stranger to Asian football." Before moving to India, Morgan served as head coach for Sorrento Soccer Club in Western Australia from 1997 to 2001, where the team copped breakthrough titles as league champions and cup winners. 

The British-Australian was then at the helm of Singaporean club Sengkang Punggol FC and landed a runner-up finish during the Singtel League Cup in 2007.

Morgan then took the role of assistant coach for Hull City FC during the 2008-2009 season, making him the first Australian coach to work in the English Premier League.

"I cannot wait to get onto the training field with the players and look forward to working with a group of high-quality players and staff," said Morgan.

"I have been given a wonderful opportunity to help take an already very successful team to the next level, and I will give everything I have to help improve our team and to further establish Philippine Football as a force to be reckoned within Asia."

As a football player, the forward appeared in over 400 league and cup games in the UK and scored over 200 goals.

Ceres-Negros FC was renamed to United City Football Club as Ceres Liner chairman Leo Rey Yanson sold the club to a group of private investors led by MMC Sportz Asia.


UCFC is currently waiting for the green light from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to start its "bubble" training in the PFF national training center Carmona, Cavite.

The club will continue to participate in the 2020 AFC Cup, which is slated to be held on September 23 on neutral grounds in Vietnam.


Before the pandemic put a halt to the world of sports, the club stood on top of Group G with 7 points off 2 wins and 1 draw in the regional cup tournament. – Rappler.com

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