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East Bengal part ways with Robbie Fowler, appoint new head coach for ISL 2021-22

East Bengal has appointed Manuel "Manolo" Diaz as their new coach.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 9, 2021 2:27:48 am
East BengalEast Bengal agreed with Robbie Fowler to a mutual termination of the head coach’s contract. (Twitter/EB)

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has left his role as head coach at Indian Super League (ISL) side Sporting Club East Bengal by mutual consent on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by the red and yellow brigade on their social media handle.

“SC East Bengal can confirm that the club has agreed with Robbie Fowler to a mutual termination of the head coach’s contract,” the club wrote in a statement released.

“We wish Robbie all the best with his future endeavours and look forward to his continued association with Shree Cement Limited,” it added.

Under Fowler, SC East Bengal won three matches, drawn eight times and lost nine matches to finish ninth out of 11 teams in the last season of ISL.

Former Real Madrid Castilla coach Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz has been appointed as the new head coach for the Indian Super League 2021-22 season.

“SC East Bengal is proud to welcome former Real Madrid Castilla coach Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz as the new head coach for the Hero Indian Super League 2021-22 season,” the club said in a statement released.

“With 20 years of coaching experience, including a significant period of time in the Real Madrid CF set-up, Manolo brings with him a wealth of experience and a winning mentality,” the release added.

The 53-year-old Spaniard has an overall win rate of 41.77 per cent over 328 matches he coached during his two-decade career, and a 46.66 win rate in his latest stint at Real Madrid Castilla (reserve team) in 2018-19.

“In Madrid, we say ‘winning is in our DNA’. We love the pressure and expectation that comes with coaching a big club,” Diaz said.

“Time is short and there is a long and difficult road ahead, but we will do our best to deliver good performances for all SC East Bengal fans.”

Diaz, who was a forward during his playing days, began his managerial career at the Real Madrid youth team. In 2013, he was the Real Madrid B team manager and he took the reserves out of the last position in Segunda Division after winning 13 out of a possible 15 points and four consecutive wins.

In 2017, Diaz was appointed Real Madrid youth system coordinator and a year later became the reserve team manager.

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