Former Manchester City coach David Platt (pic above), who has been out of Football since leaving Manchester City in 2013, has been appointed head coach of Pune City FC in the newly formed ISL League which has just had its inaugural season. Pune finished in 6th place.
The new season starts in October and runs for 8 weeks.
Platt’s appointment has come to the notice of the Rao family (Venkys’) and have been impressed by the way he has approached his new role. Pune City FC Chief executive Gauran Modwel, speaks highly of Platt.
If Blackburn Rovers poor start to the season continues and they find themselves in the relegation places come Christmas, Venky’s could well turn to the ex-England player as Bowyer successor.
Platt aged 49, was born in Chadderton Lancashire, only 30 minutes from Ewood Park. Platt won 62 England Caps. He played for England v Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final.
His managerial career includes a spell at Nottingham Forrest and England U21 manager. He was seen to be groomed as the next England manager. When he left the FA he left Football. Re-emerging with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City 2010 / 2013, until Mancini was sacked.
As a player, Platts former clubs include Aston Villa, Arsenal, Juventus, Sampdoria, Bari, Notts Forrest and Crewe.
Someone with Platt’s experience and pedigree may well be the person Mrs Anuradha Desai turns to if unthinkable relegation to Division One looms at Ewood Park.