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ISL 2020-21: Know Your Head Coaches

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ISL is known for having vast variety in the head coaches but the roster is totally dominated by Spaniards from the past few seasons. Some clubs retained the same boss, some clubs got known figures and the other ones went for new faces. So here’s the list of reigning head coaches for the 2020-21 Indian Super League season.

#1. Antonio López Habas (ATK Mohun Bagan)

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Image Source: ATK Mohun Bagan FC Twitter

‘The Big Bull’ Antonio López Habas is the most successful head coach of the Indian Super League in terms of achievements. Habas has two ISL titles under his name, one in the inaugural season and one in the latest season. ATK Mohun Bagan had two options for head coach in between him and Kibu Vicuna hence club preferred Habas for responsibilities. He retained the same core of players from last season with some major additions. Fans are expecting exactly the same the way he made comeback with ATK last season and won the title.

#2. Carles Cuadrat (Bengaluru FC)

Spaniard Carles Cuadrat is associated with Bengaluru FC for the last four years and knows BFC DNA very well. Cuadrat served the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach and left the club for health concerns. Eventually, he made the comeback as the head coach after the departure of Albert Roca. He won the 2018-19 ISL season in the very first season as head coach and Bengaluru became the first team to finish the league stage on top and win the title in the same season. Bengaluru reached in semifinals of the 2019-20 season even after a shaky and messy start.

#3. Sergio Lobera (Mumbai City FC)

Sergio Lobera is ready to lead Mumbai City FC in the new era under the City Football Group. Lobera is widely regarded as the most influential head coach in the history of ISL. He had a 3-year successful stint at FC Goa where he won the 2019 Indian Super Cup and finished as runners up in the 2018-19 season with Gaurs. He brought some of his core players like Mortada Fall, Mandar Rao Desai, & Hugo Boumous to the Islanders. It will be very exciting to watch Lobera adding his Spanish flavours in the Mumbai outfit.

#4. Owen Coyle (Jamshedpur FC)

‘Miracle Man’ Owen Coyle shocked everyone when Chennaiyin FC reached ISL 2019-20 finals after a disastrous start. Owen took charge of the club during mid-season and directed the fairy tale of thrusting runners up from standing 9th on the table. Owen had a beautiful playing career as scoring almost 250 career goals and played for Bolton Wanderers, Dundee United, Motherwell, etc. Scottish castiron managed major English clubs like Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, and Blackburn Rovers before entering Indian football. He brought his trusted knight Nerijus Vlaskis at Red Miners aiming the same successful run together.

#5. Kibu Vicuña (Kerala Blasters FC)

Polish Kibu Vicuña never played football at a professional level but has 18 years long coaching experience. During the youth coaching spells in Spain, Kibu got the opportunity to train several Spanish players like Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, and Raul Garcia. Mohun Bagan brought him in Indian Football for the first time from Poland ahead of the 2019-20 I-League season. Kolkata giants won the 2019-20 I-League title with dominance under Kibu but parted ways after the merger with ATK. Kibu’s flamboyant play style has a vision that is best suited for ambitions of Kerala Blasters.

#6. Robbie Fowler (SC East Bengal)

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is the 7th highest goalscorer in the history of the English Premier League. He was a product of Liverpool youth academy and became club’s third-highest goalscorer. However, Fowler’s full-time managerial career is just a year old and he finished on 4th with Brisbane Roar in the 2019-20 A-League season. He has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to direct East Bengal in their debut ISL season. Fowler brought high profile English support staff with him to carry the 100-year-old legacy of the club.

#7. Juan Ferrando (FC Goa)

FC Goa appointed Catalan Juan Ferrando as head coach who is Spanish football paradigmatic just like the previous coach Sergio Lobera. Lobera colored the club with his FC Barcelona philosophy and Ferrando looking forward to carrying the same. He won two league promotions in two seasons during his last stint with Greek club Volos. Volos had journeyed from the third division to Greece’s top division under the three-year tenure of Juan Ferrando. Not just ISL but he will also face the challenge of managing the first Indian club in the AFC Champions League.

#8. Stuart Baxter (Odisha FC)

Anglo-Scot Stuart Wiliam Baxter replaced familiar face Josep Gombau after a lack of results. Baxter has vast experience of playing and managing various clubs around the world. He previously managed the national team of South Africa from 2017 to 2019. Baxter freshened up Odisha’s squad with fresh foreign faces to aim results.

#9. Manuel Roca (Hyderabad FC)

Initially, Hyderabad FC appointed Albert Roca as head coach ahead of the 2020-21 ISL season. But Albert Roca parted ways after a mutual agreement with the club to catch the call from Spanish giants FC Barcelona. Then Hyderabad FC signed Catalan Manuel Marquez Roca better known as Manolo for the job. He has 15 years of vast experience in managing Spanish sides including Las Palmas and Espanyol B.

#10. Gerard Nus (NorthEast United)

Spaniard Gerard Nus never played football professionally but holds UEFA Pro Licence and high profile coaching experience. Gerard was appointed to the coaching staff of Liverpool at the age of just 22. He has worked with major clubs like Brighton & Hove Albion, Melbourne Heart, Elche, Rayo Vallecano, and Ghana National team. Gerard was the assistant of Avram Grant at the Ghana National team who also managed NorthEast United previously. The 35-year-old has the rein and hopes of Highlanders on his shoulders.

#11. Csaba László (Chennaiyin FC)

Csaba László is Székelys by the origin and holds two decades of football coaching experience in eight countries. László coached various sides like Borussia Monchengladbach B and Scottish club Dundee United. He also worked as an assistant for German legend Lothar Matthäus in the Hungarian national side. László was referred to as ‘The Miracle Man’ during his emphatic tenure at Ugandan National team where they jumped from 191 to 81 in FIFA rankings. Machans have high expectations from László who replaced their Miracle Man Owen Coyle.

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