Kolkata: Former Thailand assistant coach and expert commentator Steve Darby will be at the helm of Mohun Bagan in the upcoming season, the club announced on Tuesday.
Known as a pundit on ESPNStar Sports channel, 56-year-old Darby will officially take over the role at the club tent on July 25 when the squad for the upcoming season will also be announced.
"A professional football coach with a distinguished career has been appointed as the chief coach of Mohun Bagan football team for the 2011-2012 season," the club said in a release.
The club further announced that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be the chief guest at the annual Mohun Bagan Day celebrations at Netaji Indoor Stadium on July 29.
The club will celebrate the centenary of IFA Shield triumph by the Immortal XI of 1911 during the function where Olympian P K Banerjee will be conferred the 'Mohun Bagan Ratna'.
Mohun Bagan had a pathetic trophy-less last season with two coaches -- Stanley Rozario and Subhas Bhowmick -- at the helm.
The Kolkata giants finished a disappointing sixth in the I-League.
The Liverpool-born Darby obtained his UEFA A Licence in 1979 and became an official FIFA Instructor for the Oceania region in 1981 before coaching more than seven teams.