ISL: FC Goa confirm appointments of Gorka Azkorra & Joel Dones as part of new coaching staff

Arjun Singh Devgan
FC Goa struggled in the ISL last season
FC Goa struggled in the ISL last season / Twitter

Indian Super League (ISL) side, FC Goa on Monday confirmed the appointment of Gorka Azkorra and Joel Dones as the club’s new Assistant Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach respectively for the upcoming 2022/23 season.

Azkorra, who played for the likes of LaLiga side, Athletic Bilbao during his career, retired from the sport in 2018 and since then was working with the youth teams of the player. His playing days saw him making 5 La Liga and 116 Segunda appearances in addition to playing 3 games in the UEFA Cup (erstwhile Europa League) – playing as a professional across 14 seasons.

“I’m very happy to join FC Goa. I feel very confident about us as staff, about the players we have and about the team we are going to be together. I believe that I’m going to the right Club, with the right people (staff, club workers, and players) and at the right moment (people returning to the stadiums), so I’m looking forward to arriving in Goa and beginning the pre-season. It’s going to be a great season, I’m sure," he said on his appointment.

Dones, meanwhile is an experienced strength and conditioning coach with a degree in Sports Science and a Professional master’s degree in High Performance in Team Sports from FC Barcelona.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that FC Goa and Carlos have presented to me. I am looking forward to putting in the required work to move the team to the top of the Indian Super league. I’m anxious to know more about India – the culture, the food, the traditions and especially the people. I’m sure this coming season will be an amazing experience for me and my family in this wonderful country," the Spaniard said.

The Gaurs struggled in the ISL last season, finishing ninth in the table - with their performances leading the club management to appoint former player, Carlos Pena as head coach in order to turn their fortunes around.