Appointment of Head Coach
The HKFA is pleased to announce that Mr Gary White will join the HKFA as Head Coach to the Men’s senior and U23 Hong Kong Representative Teams. He starts week commencing 10th September and will initially be based at the HKFA Offices in Homantin before moving to the new Jockey Club HKFA Football Training Centre.
Mr White is originally from England but has spent the last six and a half years in Asia. He was the Head Coach of the Guam national team for four years between 2012 and 2016 followed by a spell at China League One team Shanghai Shenxin. Prior to joining the HKFA he has been the Head Coach of the Chinese Taipei Football Association.
Mark Sutcliffe, HKFA CEO states, “Gary joins us with a wealth of experience at international level having previously managed four senior international teams, his knowledge of football in Asia was also a factor we took into consideration in making this appointment. I wish him well and call upon all football stakeholders in Hong Kong to get behind the new Head Coach and work with him achieve the success we all crave.
Mr White commented, “Firstly I would like to thank the President, Chairman and Board of the HKFA for giving me this exciting opportunity. It is an honour to lead the HK team and I am very motivated to improve, progress and develop the team. I have been in the opposite dug out a few times and I can see the potential in the players, especially some of the younger guys coming through. The lead in time to the first matches is short and I am looking forward to getting started on this challenging role”.
Mr White will spend his first few weeks assessing the players and meeting clubs. He will take charge of two international matches in October, Thailand at home and Indonesia away before leading the teams into the East Asian Football Federation Round 2 qualifiers in November.