Westwood leaves Bengaluru FC by mutual consent

Ashley Westwood has won two I-League titles and one Federation Cup after taking over as Bengaluru FC head coach in 2013.

Ashley Westwood oversees a training session at the Bangalore Football Stadium.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Bengaluru FC coach Ashley Westwood has left the club by mutual consent following the end of his contract, the I-League champion said in a statement.

Westwood guided Bengaluru FC to the I-League title in its debut season in 2014 after being appointed as its first coach when the club was formed in 2013.

"I am extremely proud of my time and achievements during my tenure at BFC. I came to the country with a blank canvas, tasked with helping to build a club from scratch, improve Indian football and to try to produce some players to go on to represent the country. I feel with 3 major trophies, multiple 'Coach of the Year' awards and developing as many as 10 players to go on to represent India across different ages, I have achieved all of my objectives," said Westwood in a statement.

The 39-year-old also won a Federation Cup in 2014-15, and finished second in the I-League for that season, losing out to Mohun Bagan in a season finale on its own turf on May 31, 2015.

Bengaluru FC reclaimed the I-League crown in 2016, and has also progressed to the quarterfinals of the AFC Cup which it will play in September.

"We would like to thank Ashley for what has been a phenomenal three years with the club. His work ethic and desire to succeed during his tenure has been second to none and the role he has played in putting BFC on the football map will always be a part of the club's history. He will always be welcome at BFC. We wish him all the best for the future and I am sure he will move on to bigger leagues successfully," said Parth Jindal, CEO of BFC.