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ISL 2020-21: FC Goa replace Sergio Lobera with another Spanish coach

The 39-year-old is part of a shortlist created by the Gaurs and will sign a contract soon, as the two parties have entered the final stage of negotiations. 

ISL 2020-21: FC Goa replace Sergio Lobera with another Spanish coach

The Bridge Desk

Published: 30 April 2020 10:56 AM GMT

The Bridge had earlier reported that FC Goa captain Mandar Rao Desai likely to join Mumbai City FC and this is another big development from the Indian Super League (ISL) shield winners. The Gaurs have decided to appoint Spaniard Juan Ferrando as the head coach for the upcoming season.

The young Spanish coach, who replaces Sergio Lobera, had begun his career as a coach at Spanish side CE Premier in 2009. He later managed the reserves side of La Liga club Malaga CF and was also a part of their coaching staff during the 2012-13 season.

After joining the club, the new Gaurs' boss said, "I am so incredibly excited to become part of the FC Goa family. I have been greatly impressed by the Club’s emphasis on their vision and style of play and I would like to thank the club for giving me this opportunity.

“I have heard a lot about Goa’s passion for football. Together, with support from all the fans, we hope to play good football, and do our best to bring success to the club."

Welcoming the new coach, club president Akshay Tandon said, "I am very pleased to welcome Juan Ferrando to the club. In Juan, we firmly believe that we have a coach who shares our vision, philosophy and hunger for success.

“He has had success wherever he has been and has made an impact on players playing at the very highest level. Our focus now will be to lend our full support to Juan in the days to come.”

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