5/17/2018 2:36:35 PM (GMT+3)

Roca to leave Bengaluru FC end of season

Roca to leave Bengaluru FC end of season

KOLKATA, India: Bengaluru FC head coach Albert Roca will leave at the end of season, the club said in a statement on Thursday.

The Spaniard opted not to renew his initial two-year deal owing to personal reasons, bringing an end to an impressive spell that saw the side become the first Indian to make the final of the AFC Cup.

He also won the Federation Cup (2017) and Super Cup (2018) and helped the club win a trophy every season since its inception in 2013.

Roca also guided the club to a fourth consecutive appearance in the AFC Cup knock-out stages.

“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. He will always have a place at Bengaluru FC. We wish him best of luck,” said club CEO Parth Jindal.

The former Barcelona assistant coach joined the club at the start of the 2016-17 season, but left a lasting impression on Indian football with his philosophy.

“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. The owners, staff, players and the fans walked with me every step of this journey and I can never forget the love and support I have received here,” said Roca.