David Platt appointed manager of Indian Super League side FC Pune City

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Ex-England midfielder David Platt has been appointed manager of Indian Super League side FC Pune City.

David Platt has been appointed manager of FC Pune City, making it his first managerial job in over 10 years - since leaving his England U21 post. The former Manchester United youngster has been away from the dugout completely since parting company with Manchester City in 2013, where he worked as Roberto Mancini's co-assistant coach.

The former England international previously managed Nottingham Forest and Sampdoria - one of three Italian clubs he played for in the 90s.

Former Juventus striker David Trezeguet plays for FC Pune City, who finished sixth in the most recent Indian Super League campaign.

Alessandro Del Piero and David James are also plying their trade in the ISL, so Trezeguet is not alone in India as far as big-names go in world football. It is also beneficial to have these players in the league as it promotes its popularity and the clubs involved.

"I didn't know much about Indian football until the opportunity arose and I spoke to club CEO Gaurav Modwel in London," Platt told the Times of India.

"The more I researched and the more I heard, I became enthusiastic about the strategy of the ISL and FC Pune. There is an ambitious plan and the strategy appealed to me."

The new season kicks off in October, with former England international Peter Reid in charge at rivals Mumbai City.

The ISL runs as a 10-week, eight-team tournament with the aim of increasing the popularity of football in a country where cricket dominates.

Platt, who won 62 England caps, played for Aston Villa, Arsenal, Juventus, Sampdoria, Bari, Nottingham Forest and Crewe Alexandra over the course of a distinguished career. His roll of honour includes triumphs in the UEFA Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and Coppa Italia.

Individually, Platt won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award in 1990 whilst at Villa Park.

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