The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) have announced the appointment of 65-year-old Frenchman Richard Tardy for the new position of head coach, National Youth Teams.
Tardy is the first appointment made under FAS technical director Michel Sablon and brings a wealth of experience from various coaching posts around the globe.
Hailing from Marseille, Tardy was most recently technical director of the Rwanda Football Association, whose under-17 national team he helped guide to the Under-17 World Cup back in 2011.
He has a UEFA Pro License and a Diploma of Youth Coaches and enjoyed a 20-year stint with the French Football Federation, initially as an assistant coach of the French national youth team.
Following that, he went on to hold national team posts in Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, as well as assisting club sides in the top divisions in Greece, Ivory Coast, UAE, Qatar and France.
Fluent in English and French, Tardy will report directly to Sablon and will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of the 'Football Development Plans'.
He will also coordinate and advise staff coaches of the national youth teams on their training programmes while helping Sablon to mentor them.
"I am delighted that Richard has agreed to join us as head coach, National Youth Teams," Sablon said. "He has extensive experience in coaching youth players who would go on to become top players.
"He will be able to help us implement comprehensive youth development plans that we are currently working on."
Tardy was likewise delighted to take on this new challenge in Singapore.
"I am grateful to Michel and the FAS management for this opportunity to bring my experience to a different country," he said.
"I am really excited to be working with Michel as he is highly regarded as one of the best technical directors around.
"I look forward to meeting my colleagues in the NFA (National Football Academy) teams and doing my part for Singapore football."
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