Hyderabad FC have brought in former Benglauru FC manager Albert Roca to take over as Head Coach after parting ways with Phil Brown recently. The Spaniard has signed a two-year deal with the club.
The 57-year-old Roca during his stint with Bengaluru FC helped them reach the AFC Cup Final where they were defeated by the Iraqi club Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya. They qualified in first position for the Indian Super League Final in the 2017-18 season where they lost out to eventual winners Chennaiyin FC. They however won the Super Cup that season.
Before Bengaluru FC, Albert was assistant coach at Barcelona, Galatasaray, Saudi Arabian NT and was manager of the El Salvador National Team.
Roca replaces the outgoing Phil Brown who was appointed late last season as coach at FC Pune City. When the Pune franchise moved to Hyderabad, he was appointed as manager at Hyderabad FC and retained most of the players from the Pune side. The ISL debutantes Hyderabad FC have had a disastrous season so far and are firmly stuck at the bottom of the table. They have only won once and lost nine in the 12 matches they played in the 2019-20 ISL.
With only six matches to go in the season, it’s unlikely Hyderabad qualify for the ISL play-offs. Roca will obviously look to steady the ship, but his priority will be preparation, planning and recruitment for the next season.
India is special to me and I am delighted to go back to the ISL.
The road ahead is a challenging one and I am excited to get started at Hyderabad FC and build a strong team for next season and beyond.
The intent from the club is strong and we will put our best efforts and compete to be at the top next season.Albert Roca, Head Coach, Hyderabad FC