Indian Super League

SC East Bengal: Club Appoint Former Real Madrid Reserve Team Manager Manuel Diaz as Head Coach

Arjun Singh Devgan
SC East Bengal are one of the biggest and most historic clubs in India
SC East Bengal are one of the biggest and most historic clubs in India / DIPTENDU DUTTA/Getty Images

Indian footballing giants, SC East Bengal on Wednesday appointed former Real Madrid reserve team manager, Manuel Diaz as head coach for the upcoming 2021/22 Indian Super League (ISL) season.

Diaz's appointment came just minutes after the club parted ways with Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler who had led them to to a ninth-place finish in the ISL last season. The club's management took to social networking site, Twitter to confirm both the termination of Fowlers contract and the appointment of the new head coach.

"SC East Bengal can confirm that the club has agreed with Robbie Fowler to a mutual termination of the head coach's contract," the management announced on it's official Twitter handle.

"SC East Bengal is proud to welcome former Real Madrid Castilla coach Manuel 'Manolo' Diaz as the new head coach for the Hero Indian Super League 2021-22 season. With 20 years of coaching experience, including a significant period of time in the Real Madrid CF set-up, Manolo brings with him a wealth of experience and a winning mentality," they released in a second tweet.

The Spaniard has vast experience when it comes to management, having coached the likes of Hercules and a number of Madrid's youth and reserves sides. The 53-year-old has an overall win rate of 41.77 percent in over 328 matches he has coached during his two-decade career,

"In Madrid, we say 'winning is in our DNA'. We love the pressure and expectation that comes with coaching a big club. Time is short and there is a long and difficult road ahead, but we will do our best to deliver good performances for all SC East Bengal fans," Diaz said on his appointment.