Indian Super League

'The most important quality in a coach is to adapt to the players,' claims Hyderabad FC boss Manolo Marquez

Arjun Singh Devgan
Manuel Marquez led Hyderabad FC to the ISL title last season
Manuel Marquez led Hyderabad FC to the ISL title last season / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Hyderabad FC head coach, Manolo Marquez has opened up on his coaching philosophy, revealing that the most important quality in a manager/coach is to "adapt to the players".

Marquez who has vast experience as a manager has been brilliant for Hyderabad ever since he was appointed as head coach in 2020, transforming the club from wooden spoon holders to winners of last seasons Indian Super League (ISL) title.

“In professional football, the most important thing is to win the game. But for me, one of the most important qualities in a coach is to adapt to the players. I don't like too much to defend, defend, defend, but if you don't have the correct players to [play his preferred way], you will lose the ball. The possibilities of winning depend on the qualities of your players and you have to adapt to them," Marquez said in an interview with ESPN.

What has been even more impressive is that the Spaniard has given opportunities to youngsters by taking them under his wings. Youngsters like Laxmikant Kattimani, Akash Mishra, Chinglensana Singh, Asish Rai, Mohammad Yasir, and Souvik Chakrabarti among others that played their best football under Marquez and led their team to win the championship.

"When I arrived in India, I found a group of players who wanted to listen to me from the first day. I love all of them... it's a complete pleasure to train with them. They want to improve every training session!

"I always say that I prefer a normal player with confidence than one very good player without (confidence)," the Spaniard added.

Rumours recently emerged that Marquez was set to leave Hyderabad and join their rivals, Mumbai City FC - though the man himself has refuted such reports, reiterating that he plans to see out his contract with his current club.