Indian Super League

ISL: Bengaluru FC appoint Simon Grayson as the new head coach ahead of 2022/23 season

Arjun Singh Devgan
Simon Grayson has been appointed as the new head coach of Bengaluru FC
Simon Grayson has been appointed as the new head coach of Bengaluru FC / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Indian Super League (ISL) side, Bengaluru FC on Monday confirmed the appointment of Simon Grayson as their new head coach ahead of the upcoming 2022/23 season, with the Englishman signing a two-year deal with the club.

Grayson will replace Marco Pezzaiouli in the hot seat with the club deciding to part ways with the German despite only appointing him last year. Pezzaiouli endured a difficult season with Bengaluru FC last season which saw the Blues register an infamous seven-match winless streak.

“Coming to India was a possibility that I had looked into two years ago. But the pandemic put all things on hold. When the chance came across again, I was excited to look into it. This presents a new opportunity in my football career and it is one that really excites me," Grayson said on the appointment.

“When I spoke to the owner, his mindset was the same as mine. I want this club to be winning trophies again. I am aware that BFC has been very successful in the past but the last few years haven’t worked out like everybody would have liked it to. That happens in football - you learn from it and strive to do better - to get players to work harder on the pitch and off the pitch; that’s the exciting part for me," he added.

The 52-year-old who has over 500 appearances as a player in England’s top divisions, moved into management in 2004 and has since overseen the promotion of four teams in the English Division, in a managerial career that has spanned across 728 games and seven clubs.