East Asia

Gary White appointed as Chinese Taipei head coach

Chinese Taipei has appointed Gary White as the national head coach with the aim of reaching 2019 Asian Cup finals.

“I’ll be taking over halfway through [qualifying], but it’s still a strong possibility,” the Englishman told reporters yesterday after signing a one-year deal, as quoted by AFP.

“In the past, Taiwan has always been a much bigger team in East Asia, but they’ve kind of fallen off over the years,” said the 43-year-old, whose new side face group leaders Bahrain at home on 10 October.

“I’m an attack-minded coach, so what I want to bring is a little bit of excitement and get the players to express themselves,” he said.

Chinese Taipei are currently third in Group E of Asian Cup qualification, behind Bahrain and Turkmenistan.