March 31, 2014 4:23 pm
Updated: April 1, 2014 7:31 am

Rob Gale named new Canadian men’s U-20 head coach

Rob Gale, Manitoba Soccer's technical director, has been named the head coach of the men’s U-20 national team.

Rob Gale, Manitoba Soccer's technical director, has been named the head coach of the men’s U-20 national team.

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WINNIEPG – The Canadian Soccer Association has hired Robert Gale as the new head coach of the men’s U-20 national team.

Gale has served as the technical director of the Manitoba Soccer Association for the past eight years. He also coached Canada’s men’s U-18 and U-16 squads.

“Rob brings a wealth of coaching experience, having worked both in Canada and overseas in player development,” said Tony Fonseca, Canada Soccer’s technical director.

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Born in Zambia to British parents, Gale joined Fulham FC as a teenager before turning pro with Wycombe Wanderers FC.

“It’s an honour to lead the men’s U-20 national team,” said Gale. “I look forward to working with the players and developing the necessary plans to move forward. I am both humbled and proud to have this opportunity.”

When Gale decided to stop playing professionally, he focused on coaching. The 36-year-old obtained his licences while rising in various developmental roles in the U.K., U.S.A. and Canada before becoming Manitoba Soccer’s technical director in 2006.

As a coach, Gale has successfully transitioned players to the national team. He was also the assistant coach to Canada’s U-17 men’s team, helping them qualify for two straight FIFA U-17 World Cups where the team went undefeated in four consecutive matches.

As head coach of the men’s U-20 national team, Gale’s first order of business will be to prepare the squad for its first training camp in May. The team will then travel to Ireland in July to participate in the Dale Farm Milk Cup.

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