Ex-Arsenal Goalkeeping Coach to Take Charge of Odisha FC
Odisha FC, after sacking Stuart Baxter for his controversial post-match comments, have announced that Gerald Peyton will take over as interim head coach till the end of the current Indian Super League (ISL) season. Baxter was sacked following his derogatory comments against the referees after losing a match to Jamshedpur FC.
“I have agreed to become the Odisha FC Interim Head Coach for the rest of the games, we have six games left. I am going to go with a lot of hard work that’s been done already by myself and Stuart (Baxter)”, Peyton said in a statement from Odisha FC.
”I am going to carry on and try and win as many games as possible with the young players, with the team that we have and the way we have been playing”, he added.
He expressed his aim to show a fighting spirit, resolve, and pride in every game. Talking about the fans, he hopes to give them something to look forward to as a token for their constant support so far.
The 64-year-old has played as a goalkeeper for several Premier League teams including Fulham and Bournemouth where he had lengthy spells. After his retirement, he started coaching and acted as a goalkeeping coach for several teams, including Premier League giants Arsenal from 2003 to 2018. In total, Peyton made over six hundred league appearances in his career.
Peyton also coached the goalkeeping wing of Japanese clubs Vissel Kobe and Jubilo Iwata, AIK Solna of Sweden.
During his playing career, Peyton made it to the Republic of Ireland national team at the 1988 UEFA European Football Championships and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. At the World Cup, Peyton was part of the famous Irish squad that got to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Overall, he won 33 international caps for the Republic of Ireland.