Odisha FC have brought back Josep Gombau to coach the side in the ISL after a gap of two seasons. Gombau was originally coach of Delhi Dynamos FC during the 2018-19 ISL. When the franchise moved to Bhubaneswar and was rebranded as Odisha FC for the 2019-20 season, Gombau was retained. At the end of the 2019-20 ISL, the club and coach decided to part ways.
From Catalonia, Josep took to coaching at the age of 16. From 1993 up until 2006, the now 46-year-old managed youth teams and academies at CF Amposta, RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona.
In 2009, the UEFA Pro Licence holder moved to Hong Kong-based Kitchee SC and won two league titles, two FA Cups and one League Cup with the club. Then in 2013, he joined A-League’s Adelaide United for a couple of seasons.
Gombau’s next big gig was managing the Australian U-23 team in 2016-17. He then coached another A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers briefly before making his journey over to India to manage Delhi Dynamos in 2018.
His two seasons in the ISL in 2018-19 (with Delhi Dynamos) and 2019-20 (Odisha FC) saw his side finish eighth and sixth on the table respectively.
Prior to joining Odisha FC on a two-year contract, Josep was the Sporting Director and Head Coach at David Villa’s Queensboro FC who compete in the USL Championship (second-tier league in the USA).
Click here to read the official club statement on the appointment of Gombau.
Josep Gombau’s club record:
|Kitchee SC||Hong Kong||2009||2013||93||57||18||18||61.29|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Australia||2017||2018||22||7||5||10||31.82|
|Delhi Dynamos / Odisha||India||2018||2020||40||11||12||17||27.5|
Josep Gombau’s overall record:
Odisha FC have also announced the appointment of Jacobo Ramallo Varela as the First-Team Assistant Coach & Head of Football Development.
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