ISL 2021-22: FC Goa appoints Derrick Pereira as head coach

Derrick Pereira, who is currently with the club as its technical director had taken charge of the team along with Clifford Miranda and Roma Cunillera during the fag end of the 2019-20 season after the departure of Sergio Lobera.

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Derrick Pereira (R) had earlier stepped in to cover for Sergio Lobera during the 2018 Super Cup.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

FC Goa appointed Derrick Pereira as the club’s new head coach. Pereira, who is currently with the club as its technical director had taken charge of the team along with Clifford Miranda and Roma Cunillera during the fag end of the 2019-20 season after the departure of Sergio Lobera.

The former Indian international during his little time at the helm, took the side to finish top of the Indian Super League table at the end of the 2018/19 league table – paving the way for the club’s qualification for group stages of the 2021 AFC Champions League.

“It is a great honour to become head coach of a club I have been part of for so many years. It is a very proud day for both me and my family. This is a wonderful opportunity, but there is also a lot of work ahead of us and I am eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players,” Pereira said.

“I would like to thank the club management for this opportunity and thank the club’s supporters for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together.”

Speaking on the appointment, FC Goa’s Director of Football, Ravi Puskur said, “We’re pleased to announce that Derrick has taken over as the Head Coach of the team. He’s been ingrained into the fabric of the club and is well versed with our players and staff with a vast majority of them having worked with him.

“He will settle into the day to day workings of the team seamlessly and we’re certain he’ll continue to push our brand of football. A Goan taking over FC Goa is the perfect representation of what we believe in and we’re confident he will make his mark on this team and will continue to push the team towards its objectives.”

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