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Chennaiyin FC appoint Englishman Paul Groves as assistant coach

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

(ISL) franchise today appointed Englishman as its for the next season of the league.

The 52-year-old Groves, who was last working as at last season, replaces compatriot

Groves is reunited with and scientist Niall Clark, having worked with the two at in England's League One in the 2014-15 season as

Groves joins the duo who signed a one-year extension earlier this year after having guided the club to its second ISL title in March. Local favourite and former international also continues as

"I am looking forward to working with John and Niall again and excited about working in for the first time. has a great mix of foreign and Indian players and the squad is shaping up well for the coming season. I am looking forward to helping the club defend the ISL title and progress as far as possible in the debut AFC Cup campaign," Paul stated.

Gregory said, "Paul had an excellent playing career and has gone on to be a top He is a respected figure in the English game and I am sure we will benefit greatly from his technical and tactical knowledge."

Groves' lengthy playing career spanning more than 700 professional appearances began at Burton Albion in 1988. He went on to play for Leicester City, Blackpool, West Bromwich Albion, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, and

He made 454 appearances for over two stints, becoming in the latter, from 2001 to 2004.

Following his retirement as a in 2006, Groves joined the coaching staff at where he worked as under former Chelsea

He then enjoyed coaching stints at West Ham United, Bournemouth, and before joining in April last year under Harry Redknapp.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 14:30 IST