National football team head coach Jamie Day is in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. He will not be in the dugout during the second and final friendly match against Nepal on November 18.
This is the first time that the English coach will not be seen in the dugout during a match with the Bangladesh National Football team.
However, Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan does not see any problem in this. He doesn't think it will have any effect on the match even if the head coach is not there. The team is confident of winning the second match after crushing Nepal 2-0 in the first game.
'We will not get him at the dugout in the second match. Even then, his absence will not affect the team. We have practiced under him for a long time. Those must be with us. We only have to do our job properly," Jamal Bhuiyan said at the press conference.
Stuart Watkis is in charge of the team in the absence of Jamie Day. The English coach has been Jamie Day's deputy since 2016. He will charge as the head coach of the national team for the first time. Watkis, who coached the English Premier League side Hull City, is thrilled to be in charge of the national team, albeit for a match.
"I have worked with two English Premier League clubs before. I have also coached in India. I have that experience. Of course, training the national team is a different matter. I am very confident with the boys," said Watkis.
Watkis too will miss Jamie. Although he has been in regular contact with the head coach. He mentioned the team is in discussions with Jamie online to make any kind of decision.
" We will definitely miss Jamie. But, we are in regular contact with him. He is also working with the team," Watkis said.