Indian Super League

Indian Super League: 5 Most Successful Coaches in ISL History

Arjun Singh Devgan
Albert Roca is one of the most successful foreign coaches in ISL history
Albert Roca is one of the most successful foreign coaches in ISL history / MANJUNATH KIRAN/Getty Images

The Indian Super League (ISL) is without doubt the most competitive competition in India and it has been a boon for football in the country, with the league helping in developing the sport and leading to emergence of young talent.

The ISL has also seen a number of experienced managers both from India and outside the country take charge of teams and introduce new ideas and style of play. Here, we take a look at the five most successful coaches in the league.

1. Clifford Miranda (FC Goa) - 2.40 PPM


Clifford Miranda was appointed as head coach of FC Goa on an interim basis in 2020 and while he stood in for only five games, he did manage to register a point-per-match average of 2.40.

He was replaced by Juan Ferrando, but remains on the coaching staff of the club as the assistant coach.

2. Albert Roca (Bengaluru FC) - 2.10 PPM


Albert Roca spent two years as coach of Bengaluru FC and he was an astute signing by leading the club to the final of the 2016/17 AFC Cup - thereby becoming the first team in India to achieve the feat.

The Spaniard helped them reach the finals of the ISL, while winning the 2016/17 Federation Cup - with the 58-year-old currently the fitness coach of Barcelona.

3. Sergio Lobera (FC Goa, Mumbai City FC) - 1.84 PPM


Sergio Lobera was appointed as head coach of Mumbai City FC in 2020 and had an immediate impact - leading the club to their maiden league title while also winning the ISL Winners' Shield.

Before that appointment, he spent three years with FC Goa leading them to 2019/20 Winners' Shield and 2019 Super Cup. He is without doubt one of the best, if not the best foreign coach to land on Indian shores.

4. Carles Cuadrat (Bengaluru FC) - 1.70 PPM

Albert Roca, Carles Cuadrat
AFC Cup Final - Training and Press Conferences / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

A former Barcelona B coach, Carles Cuadrat joined Bengaluru FC as an assistant coach in 2016 and by 2018 he established himself as the main man at the club.

The 52-year-old has so far led the club to their maiden ISL title, and will look to make things right after a poor 2020/21 season by their high standards.

5. Khalid Jamil (NorthEast United) - 1.69 PPM

India v Bahrain - AFC Asian Cup Group A
India v Bahrain - AFC Asian Cup Group A / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Khalid Jamil is one of the most decorated coaches in Indian football history, having managed a number of clubs in the I-League, while also taking charge of the Indian national team for three years between 1998 to 2001.

The 44-year-old who has won the I-League in the past, was appointed as interim head of NorthEast United last season - ensuring that he was unbeaten in 10 consecutive matches, led them to the playoff stages and became the first ever Indian coach to reach the ISL playoffs.