Guyana name Michael Johnson as Head Coach
Michael Johnson, the former Reggae Boy, who will take over as the head coach of the Guyana Jaguars. (Photo: GFF)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - On Monday the Guyana Football Federation announced the appointment of former Jamaica international Michael Johnson as Head Coach of the Senior Men's National Team.

The Nottingham, England native enjoyed a stellar playing career in English football at Notts County, Birmingham City and Derby County, among others, and also appeared in 13 matches with the Jamaican National Team.

In a statement published on the GFF website, Johnson outlined his goals for the Golden Jaguars.

"I just can't wait to get started, I'm really looking forward to the project the GFF President and the Technical Director have set out," said Johnson. 

"The attraction of the role was the direction of Guyana: The GFF is looking to really make strides: to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and to break into the FIFA top 100. But 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," added Johnson, who becomes the first Guyana Head Coach to be the holder of a UEFA Pro Licence.

Johnson's first test will come this fall when Guyana begin their 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League qualifying campaign.

The Golden Jaguars will face Barbados (Sept. 8), Turks and Caicos Islands (Oct. 13), French Guiana (Nov. 20) before finishing with Belize on March 23.

GFF Technical Director Ian Greenwood is confident that Guyana will reap major rewards from Johnson's long-term vision.

"Michael comes with outstanding references from the very highest level of the game, including former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and the English FA," said Greenwood. 

"He fits perfectly with the profile we were looking for as we look to build for the future and prepare young Guyanese talent for success at international level. With Michael in charge, we are confident we can qualify for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, on our way to the 2026 FIFA World Cup," concluded Greenwood.