Bangalore's new corporate team in India's premier competition, the I-League, are building a strong squad ahead of their first season.
The JSW Sports funded team launched on Saturday. Ahead of their launch, they carried out some impressive pieces of business by adding English talent to their armoury.
Bangalore, South India's lone representative this year, has made a sensational entry with the announcement of former Manchester United academy product Ashley Westwood as their new manager.
The 36-year-old defender is using his years of experience in English football to get the best available talent in his new stint.
Westwood's managerial experience is limited to the player-manager role he held with Kettering Town, and his experience as a first team coach at Blackpool during Michael Appleton's reign.
Westwood looks set for his first job as the main man with the Bangalore based team. He is using his vast experience in the English league and has decided to rope in two players who had played alongside or opposite him earlier in his career.
Middlesborough academy product John Johnson is the prized capture for the Bangalore team. Johnson had made his Premier League debut for Middlesbrough against Chelsea as a youngster back in 2008, but he failed to build on that chance.
The defender had two loan spells, first at Tranmere Rovers and then at Northampton Town.He later secured a permanent move to Northampton, and has played over 100 matches for the League two side.
The 24-year-old, though primarily a defender, is flexible with positions, and is a great athlete who is strong in the air as well.
Johnson will be joined at his new club by 26-year-old Reading academy product Curtis Osano. The Kenyan born defender has progressed under the tutelage of now Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, during his tenure at Reading.
Osgno is a quick defender, who was plying his trade in League 2 with AFC Wimbledon. The dynamic defender is comfortable with the ball, and has a good mix of discipline and strength.
These additions are set to inspire the new team to further heights, especially with the fact that other English clubs were interested in their signature.
Bangalore had already signed Indian International striker Robin Singh and Liberian Footballer Johny Menyonger. Singh, 23, is a forward who has already played four times for the national team and has a goal to his credit.
Menyonger has plied his trade as a midfielder as well as a forward. His previous experiences with United Sikkim, Shillong Lajong and former champions Dempo SC are expected to come in handy for the new side.
The addition of English League players John and Curtis will definitely strengthen thier team. The team is also linked with a move for India captain Sunil Chettri, who is expected to cut short his nightmare stay in Portugal.
Even though the team holds relegation free status for the first three years, the business tycoons are assembling a team to stand them in good stead for their inaugural campaign and are making their intentions clear.
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