ISL: BFC assistant coach Cuadrat steps down

Cuadrat was flown back for treatment after landing in Pune for an away game with a condition in his knee. He missed BFC’s previous two home games.

The announcement marks the end of Roca's long-standing association with Cuadrat, having coached together at various clubs and national teams before arriving in India.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

Bengaluru FC (BFC) assistant coach Carles Cuadrat has decided to step down due to health concerns, the club announced here on Friday.

Marc Huguet - like BFC head-coach Albert Roca and Cuadrat - has served as a coach in the FC Barcelona youth setup and has been named as Cuadrat’s replacement. Huguet will join the team in the first week of January.

Cuadrat was flown back for treatment after landing in Pune for an away game with a condition in his knee. He missed BFC’s previous two home games.

“We landed in Pune for an away game, and I had to fly back the same day for a surgery. I will now have to spend the next two months in recovery. I sat with the club management and we decided that it is best I step aside given how packed the calendar is. I won’t be able to give one hundred percent. We are a professional team, which need all hands on deck at all times," Cuadrat stated.

BFC COO Mustafa Ghouse said, “We will definitely miss Carles, but we understand his situation and wish him a speedy recovery. He will always have a special place at the club; he’s always welcome here.”

Cuadrat had established himself as a set-piece expert at BFC, with players like Edu Garcia crediting him for set-piece goals. The announcement marks the end of Roca's long-standing association with Cuadrat, having coached together at various clubs and national teams before arriving in India.