Armenia have appointed Scottish coach Ian Porterfield as the man to lead them in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying.
The 60-year-old replaces Henk Wisman who was relieved of his duties earlier in the year. The former Chelsea FC manager has signed a contract until the end of 2007 and will be responsible for Armenian national teams at all levels. “I am very happy to be chosen by the Football Federation of Armenia,” Porterfield said. “I am looking forward to starting my work. I will use all my knowledge to get positive results.” His first test comes on 6 September when Armenia begin their UEFA EURO 2008™ campaign against Belgium.
As a player, Porterfield hit the headlines with English club Sunderland AFC by scoring the winning goal in the 1973 FA Cup final. He began his coaching career with Sheffield United FC, but his most high-profile appointments came at Aberdeen FC and Chelsea. He has also led a number of national sides, including Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago. His most recent spell as a coach came with Korean club Busan I’Park.