Churchill Brothers have appointed Romanian manager Petre Gigiu to replace Fernando Santiago Varela who is set to join I-League newcomers Sreenidhi FC. Gigiu returns to the club for a second stint after previously having managed them during the 2018-19 I-League season.
The outgoing coach Fernando Santiago Varela led The Red Machines to a commendable second place finish in the 2020-21 I-League and they were level on points with league winners Gokulam Kerala FC.
The 67-year-old Petre in his previous spell with the club led them to a fourth place finish in the 2018-19 I-League. The Romanian has a wealth of experience in his three-decade long career having managed clubs in Romania, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Oman.