Bredbury ready for Rangers role

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 July, 2006, 12:00am

Newly appointed Rangers coach Tim Bredbury is hoping for a bright start as he launches a new chapter in his career.

The former Hong Kong international has taken on his first-ever First Division coaching job this summer, replacing Shanghainese Fan Zhiyi, who has returned to China after a disappointing spell with the club as player/coach.

'I have a coaching licence from the Football Association and have been involved in junior football coaching for a couple of years after retiring,' said the 44-year-old locally born Bredbury (pictured), who won seven domestic First Division league titles and the top scorer award during his 20-year playing career with Seiko, South China and Instant-Dict from 1979 to 1999.

'This is going to be my first season as a First Division club coach and I am looking forward to it. I believe there will be more competitive teams in the league and we need good competitions to bring fans back to the stadium.

'If Rangers kick-off the league campaign convincingly, I am sure we can attract more people to watch us.'

Bredbury said his appointment was a natural move after coaching at junior level for a number of years, adding that he was delighted to have the opportunity to work with a team who have shown a strong determination to succeed.

'From what I have learnt from the boss, the team management, the coaching staff and the players, they are all very positive about the new season,' he said.

'I know it is too early to say how many titles we are going to win, but Rangers have got many good local players, and if we can bring in some top-quality expatriates we should be one of the more competitive sides in the league.'

Rangers have retained three of their expatriates for the new season - Fofo Agbo, Dragutin Stevic-Rankovic and Godfred Karikari. Team manager Philip Lee Fai-lap said they had secured a Brazilian player who will arrive for a three-month trial early next month, while they are also looking at players from England to strengthen their defence following the departure of sweeper Man Pik-tak to South China.

The club, meanwhile, have signed midfielder Su Xiaoming from Shanghai Shenhua and they have kept two other mainland players, Wu Jun and Fan Weijun.

Lee said they would offer monthly incentives to reward players who turned in good performances on the field.