ISL 2019-20: FC Goa names Clifford Miranda interim coach, Pereira technical director

FC Goa has named Clifford Miranda as interim coach and appointed Derrick Pereira as technical director for the remainder of the ISL 2019-20 season.

Derrick Pereira and Clifford Miranda

Derrick Pereira and Clifford Miranda will face their first challenge when FC Goa hosts Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League on Wednesday.   -  Special Arrangement

FC Goa has named former India international Clifford Miranda as the interim coach for the ongoing of the Indian Super League (ISL 2019-20) season. Miranda will work under Derrick Pereira, who has been appointed as the technical director for the remainder of the season.

Pereira has been with the club for the last three seasons, serving as the assistant coach in 2017-18 before taking up the role of the Technical Director last season. In this role, he headed FC Goa’s Youth Development, with three of his teams finishing as champions.

He was also in charge of the India U23 team last year. He has previously managed Mahindra United, winning the National Football League in his maiden season. That established him as one of the premier coaches of the country as he went on to manage Pune FC, Salgaocar, DSK Shivajians and Churchill Brothers.

Miranda was former manager Sergio Lobera's assistant coach this season and was in charge of the developmental team till last season. Under his charge, the young Gaurs won the Goa Pro League whilst putting up impressive performances in the second Division League and the Durand Cup.

He was one of the mainstays of the Indian national team midfield during his playing days, winning the SAFF Championships twice along with the AFC Challenge Cup. He has been equally successful at the club level with five league titles under his belt with Dempo SC.

Spaniard Roma Cullinera, meanwhile, has been appointed as the strength and conditioning Coach.

Speaking about the appointments, FC Goa president Akshay Tandon said: “We are confident in the abilities of our coaching staff to lead the team to a successful finish to the 2019-20 campaign. Derrick and Clifford have been with FC Goa for a few years and possess a deep understanding of the club and our philosophy.

“They have demonstrated the same with their past performances in the First team as well as at the youth levels.”

The trio face their first challenge when FC Goa takes on Hyderabad FC on Wednesday at Fatorda.

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