Albert Roca to part ways with Bengaluru FC

Bengaluru FC will part ways with its head coach, Albert Roca, at the end of the season, the club announced on Thursday.

Roca said though short, Bengaluru FC would always remain a special story in his career.   -  AFP

Bengaluru FC will part ways with its head coach, Albert Roca, at the end of the season, the club announced on Thursday.

The Blues’ Spanish manager opted not to renew his initial two-year deal owing to personal reasons, bringing an end to an impressive spell that saw Bengaluru FC become the first Indian club to make the final of the AFC Cup.

“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. His idea of how the game is to be played is what we need to be able to compete in Asia and on the world stage. He will always have a place at Bengaluru FC and we wish him the best for his future,” said club CEO, Parth Jindal, in a statement.

Roca’s success was also highlighted by the titles of Federation Cup last year and Super Cup this year.

Roca said though short, Bengaluru FC would always remain a special story in his career. “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, 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,” said the Spaniard.