The Armenian Football Federation (AFF) has opted for a radical coaching solution by appointing four current domestic league club coaches to act as part-time coaches for their national representative teams.
FC Shirak manager and former national Under-21 coach Andranik Adamyan spearheads the group as he takes charge of the senior squad. Elsewhere, Valery Gladilin has been appointed Under-21 coach, while Armen Gyulbudagyants and Oscar López have been named as Under-19 and Under-17 coaches respectively.
The reigns for Adamyan
Adamyan steps in to replace Varuzan Sukiasyan, who was dismissed four months ago, with the intention of rebuilding a national team that failed to live up to expectations during the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.
“Adamyan is one of our most experienced coaches, and a respected man," said AFF president Suren Abrahamyan. "His teams were successful in the league, and the successful performance of his Armenian Under-21 squad inspired the fans in the country. I hope his new team will bring more joy to the fans here."
Dream come true
Adamyan was equally elated with the appointment, referring to it as a dream come true. “We have got nothing to lose, but we have got a lot to win,” he added. “I know it is going to be difficult, but we are intending to fight for a playoff place during the EURO 2004™ qualification round."
Currently head coach at FC Shirak based in the Armenian city of Gyumri, Adamyan started playing for his hometown club back in 1968. Although he failed to record any major honours as a player, he blossomed as a coach after retiring as a player in 1980. Aside from winning a range of domestic honours throughout his 20-year coaching career, he holds an enviable coaching record as he has been in charge of Shirak for 12 consecutive seasons.
Of the other appointments, Gladilin, who was former coach of his native Russian Under-21 team, is in charge of FC MIKA, while López is the current coach of champions FC Pyunik while Gyulbudagyants holds the same position at FC Banants.
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