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Confirmed: Penang appoint ex-MUFC trainee as new boss for 2017 MSL season

Penang FA have confirmed the appointment of Ashley Westwood as their new head coach for the 2017 Malaysia Super League season.

As we revealed over the weekend, the Panthers have been in negotiation with the ex-Bengaluru boss for approximately a week now, but it appears that a deal has now been ironed out for good.

Westwood will replace Nenad Bacina, who helped Penang seal MSL survival after a gruelling  campaign throughout this year.

The 40 year-old started his football career with Manchester United’s academy, before going on to play for a host of other English clubs. He kickstarted his managerial career by becoming a player-manager for Kettering Town in 2012, before taking over Bengaluru FC in 2013.

Under his tutelage, Bengaluru won its first I-League title in 2014, making Westwood the youngest coach to have won the league. Despite losing the title by two points in the next season, he went on to inspire a revival and lead the Blues to their second league title, before leaving in May 2016.

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