Technical Director Derrick Pereira, along with Clifford Miranda and Roma Cunillera have taken charge as the coaching team for FC Goa. The team takes up the reins as the Gaurs fight for the top spot and the coveted ISL trophy. Clifford Miranda will be the interim coach under the mentorship of Derrick Pereira.
Derrick 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.
Clifford Miranda has been the 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 in impressive
performances in the 2nd Division League and the Durand Cup. Clifford has been
one of the mainstays of the Indian National Team midfield winning the SAFF
Championships twice along with the AFC Challenge Cup. He has been equally
successful at the Club level with 5 League titles under his belt with Dempo SC.
Spaniard Roma Cullinera, meanwhile, has been appointed as
the Club’s Strength & Conditioning Coach. The Spaniard will also help the
team in planning and facilitating the day to day training sessions of the club.
Having worked under various coaches in Spain, he was last working for KAS Eupen
under Claudio Makelele in the Belgian 1st Division.
Club President, Akshay Tandon welcomed the appointment
saying, “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 the Gaurs take on
Hyderabad FC on 5th February at Fatorda.