Football Association appoints Aidy Boothroyd as an England national coach

Aidy Boothroyd: Joins the FA's England coaching team

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The Football Association has appointed former Northampton Town boss Aidy Boothroyd as an England national coach.

Boothroyd will report to England Under-21s head coach Gareth Southgate and the FA's director of elite development Dan Ashworth.

The 43-year-old's first assignment will be to join up with Noel Blake's Under-19 side as they prepare to face Turkey in Chester on Wednesday.

Boothroyd said: "I'm excited by this opportunity. Youth development is where it all began for me and I have taken on aspects of that into my management - that love of coaching and developing players has kept going.

"At Watford, I helped bring through players like Ashley Young and Ben Foster early in their careers, and more recently, I had Saido Berahino when I was Northampton Town manager - I have always wanted to bring young players through."

"Aidy will add great qualities to our team of national coaches and I know he is looking forward to coaching to the philosophy of play which we are in the process of implementing."

Gareth Southgate

Southgate said: "We are delighted to have Aidy on board as a national coach.

"He joins the organisation with a wealth of coaching and management experience in both the Premier League and Football League and a strong background in developing young players.

"Aidy will join up with Noel Blake's U19s team next week, through to the end of their season, when he will lead our new U20s programme after the Toulon Tournament this summer.

"Aidy will add great qualities to our team of national coaches and I know he is looking forward to coaching to the philosophy of play which we are in the process of implementing."

Ashworth added: "I'm delighted with the appointment of Aidy, he's an outstanding coach of younger players and has a fantastic record of developing youth.

Boothroyd started his coaching career at Peterborough United and spent time at Norwich City and West Brom before he became first-team coach at Leeds United in 2004. The Yorkshireman went into management in 2005 with spells at Watford, Colchester United, Coventry City and Northampton Town.