SC East Bengal have appointed Spanish coach Manolo Díaz as their new manager to replace the outgoing Robbie Fowler. The former Liverpool striker and the EB club management decided to part ways via mutual termination of the contract between club and coach. With three wins, eight draws and nine losses, Fowler led the Red & Gold Brigade to a ninth place finish in the ISL last season.
From Madrid, Díaz was a youth player with Real Madrid and went onto play club football in Spain during the late 80s and early 90s. He started his managerial career in 2002 with Real Madrid Juvenil, the U-19 team, in 2002. Over the next few years, he managed Real Madrid C and Real Madrid Castilla – the reserve team of Real Madrid. Besides managing youth and reserve sides of the Los Blancos, Manolo managed CDA Navalcarnero briefly (2008-09) and prior to joining East Bengal, he was coaching Hércules CF who currently play in the Spanish fourth tier Segunda División RFEF.
Looking at his overall stats from the time he took over the reins at Navalcarnero, Manolo has managed 328 matches out of which he won 137, lost 83 and drew 108 giving him a win percentage of 41.77%. His preferred formation is 4-2-3-1 and his record at Hércules (Feb 21 – June 21) reads as follows: P13 W5 D3 L5. The 53-year-old has predominantly managed in the second and third tier of Spanish football.