Mohun Bagan AC have announced the signing of the Spaniard José Antonio “Kibu” Vicuña as the head coach for the upcoming season. The UEFA Pro Licence holder was in charge of Wisła Płock for the 2018-19 season. The Polish football and handball club ply their trade in Ekstraklasa, the Polish top division.
José was recently released from the club after a string of poor results and the club was and still are in real danger of getting relegated. Wisla Plock finished fourth in the league last season and got promoted to the top division only a couple of seasons ago.
They won a fistful of games under Kibu -four to be precise. And his more expansive brand of football had no takers and he was replaced by Leszek Ojrzyński.
Apart from his stint at Wisla Plock, Kibu served as head coach for one other team – FK Riteriai/FK Trakai, a club based in Lithuania. He worked with the club for five months before joining Wisla Plock. Most of Kibu’s experience has been as assistant manager to Jan Urban, the Polish manager, notably at Spanish club CA Osasuna and top Polish side Legia Warsaw.
In his managerial career, Vicuña has coached César Azpilicueta, Javi Martinez, Nacho Monreal and Raul Garcia and has several coaching certifications from the Spanish FA.
We have spoken with Kibu and he is happy and excited about the challenges of coaching in Mohun Bagan.
Kibu has the ability, knowledge and experience. He promotes young players and has a style and a way of working similar to ours. He has a philosophy of the game that is very much like Mohun Bagan’s philosophy and is a hard worker.
Also, he is passionate about applying advanced technology to both training and matches.Srinjoy Bose & Debashish Dutta, Directors, Mohun Bagan AC.
José Antonio Vicuña replaces Khalid Jamil, the former Indian international player and club manager. Under Jamil, Mohun Bagan AC finished a disappointing fifth in the I-League last season.