Spaniard Albert Roca has decided to quit Bengaluru after a highly successful two year stint that saw him enjoy some silverware.
Roco who came to the Blues as head coach in July 2016 for a two-year tenure taking over from Ashley Westwood, has cited personal reasons for not renewing his contract.
The transition from the English coach’s methods to Spaniard and former Barcelona coach Roca’s footballing philosophy was, in effect, smooth.
Under Roco, Bengaluru became the first Indian club to make the final of the AFC Club and he also helped them maintain their record of winning a trophy every season since its inception in 2013, winning the Federation Cup in 2017 and Super Cup 2018.
In his two seasons at Bengaluru, Roca had a stellar win ratio of over 60 per cent while achieving a record 15-match unbeaten run for the club in early 2018. In fact, the Blues even went on to log a six-match winning run on three different occasions.
“It was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make in my managerial career but it’s the right one. Bengaluru FC has been an experience I will always carry with me, no matter where I go,” he said.
“The owners, the management, my staff, players and most importantly, the fans walked with me every step of this journey and I can never forget the love and support I have received here. I will miss being on the touchline for this club, but will always follow its progress.”
“Bengaluru FC and more importantly Indian football will always be grateful for the path that Albert Roca has shown us. Even in difficult situations he stayed true to his philosophy and brand of football and that is a testament to the manager and person he is,” club CEO Parth Jindal said in a statement. Follow all our World Cup betting tips here.