SC East Bengal appoint Manuel 'Manolo' Diaz as Head Coach for ISL 2021-2022
In a sudden shock, the Indian Super League club SC East Bengal has announced the appointment of former Real Madrid coach Manuel "Manolo" Diaz as the head coach for the upcoming season after announcing that the club has parted ways with the former head coach Robbie Fowler.
SC East Bengal is right in the middle of a rebuilding process with loads of talented players coming into the team after all the final agreement signing drama ended few days back thanks to the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
SC East Bengal announced a sudden part ways with the head coach Robbie Fowler earlier in the evening and just moments after, the club announced the appointment of Spanish former Real Madrid coach Manuel "Manolo" Diaz.
Manuel "Manolo" Diaz started his coaching career with the Real Madrid youth team Juvenil. He was named Real Madrid C team coach after Florentine Perez took over as the president of the club. He remained the coach there for 3 years before was promoted to the become the coach at Real Madrid reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla, where he coached for a season.
He then took helm at the La Liga 2 club SD Ponferradina, where he coached players like Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. He returned to the Real Madrid Castilla for another stint in 2018 and last coached the Hércules CF in the Segunda Division.
"In Madrid, we say 'Winning is in our DNA'. We love the pressure and expectation that comes with coaching a big club" stated Manuel "Manolo" Diaz in an official press release.
SC East Bengal in ISL 2020-2021
East Bengal got a late entry into the Indian Super League last season after their arch-rival had come in with a new name ATK Mohun Bagan, thus it was the demands of the fans that the Red and Gold brigade be brought into the ISL.
The club got into troubles finding a investor that could take them to the ISL's grand stage. They held talks with multiple companies, but nothing materialized, but a last minute involvement from West Bengal CM, saw East Bengal join hands with Shree Cement Limited to form SC East Bengal.
However, as the team joined late, they couldn't manage to get the quality players that would have allowed them to compete against top teams of the ISL, and as a result, they finished 9th with 3 wins, 8 draws and 9 losses.