Michael Johnson has been named the new head coach of the Guyana football team.
The former Jamaican international was the standout candidate from more than 200 applications received from all over the world. With the UEFA Pro Licence and the League Managers Association Diploma in Football Management, the 44-year-old brings a wealth of professional coaching and playing experience to the role.
Guyana, nicknamed the Golden Jaguars, are a member of the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and is currently 164th in the FIFA World Rankings.
As a player, Johnson made 656 appearances during spells with Notts County, Birmingham City, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and winning 13 caps for Jamaica.
Johnson officially starts the role in September and is looking forward to the challenge ahead;
“It’s my first job as an international manager and I’m really excited by the challenge. To get an opportunity to manage a country from the Caribbean is fantastic and it’s right up there with some of the accolades that I achieved in my career.
“The attraction of the role was the direction of Guyana. The Guyana Football Federation is looking to really make strides, to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and to break into the FIFA top 100.
“It’s not just about results, it’s also about helping to grow the infrastructure of the country regarding coach education, youth talent, and the possible links between our nations - that’s what’s exciting, I can’t wait for September now.”
Guyana Football Federation president Wayne Forde said: “The GFF team is delighted to welcome Michael Johnson on board – the best qualified national coach in the history of the Golden Jaguars.
"With his professional expertise and top-level experience as a player, Michael will set a new gold standard for the football in Guyana.
“The GFF is determined to elevate Guyana to the level it belongs – a Caribbean football powerhouse at the top of the regional rankings."