NAGOYA – New Nagoya Grampus coach and general manager Takafumi Ogura vowed to restore his old club’s winning ways on Wednesday.
“I’ll establish the style of the team. On top of that, we have to fixate on winning,” the 42-year-old told a press conference a day after his appointment in a rare combined capacity. “I’ll give everything I have.
“It might be a tough job (acting both as coach and general manager) but it is a rewarding one.”
The former Japan international has no managerial experience but since June served as an assistant to general manager Kazumasa Kume, whose role he takes over.
Kume, the club’s president, explained the choice was made “to breathe fresh air into the side.”
Ogura, who signed a two-year deal as manager, joined Nagoya in 1992 and scored 34 goals in 166 league games for four top-flight clubs before calling it a career in 2005.
The previous manager, Akira Nishino, could only steer Nagoya to ninth over this year’s two stages and the team is yet to add to its sole league title of 2010.