Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City today announced the appointment of former Delhi Dynamos coach Miguel Angel Portugal as the head coach for the ISL – Season 5. Portugal will be joined by his assistant Gonzalo Yarza in preparations to lead the Stallions to glory in the upcoming season.
After getting the Spanish manager to sign the dotted lines, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “In Miguel Angel, I believe we have a Head Coach who, with his philosophy and preference to play an attacking brand of football, will embrace the style and quality of players we have at our Club. He has a proven ability to develop young players and is known to foster a culture of team spirit amongst his players.”
Commenting on his appointment, Miguel Angel said, “I had a very good experience of India and the ISL last season and I was very impressed with the organisation, facilities, stadiums, fan support and therefore coming back to ISL was a very easy decision for me. I watched FC Pune City last season and I can say that the training facilities that they have are surely one of the best in the country.”
62 year old Portugal took over the reins of Spanish second LaLiga side Granada CF in May 2018 after having coached the Delhi Dynamos in the 2017/18 season.
“There is an abundance of top-class talent at the club and I look forward to joining the squad soon. The club has retained the core players from last season that qualified for the playoffs and has made very capable additions to the squad. I believe we have a strong team that can challenge for the title this season,” Portugal added.
After their most successful ISL campaign last season, FC Pune City did not extend the contract of coah Ranko Popovic. The club appointed Brazilian Marcos Paqueta, but he left within days due to a better offer elsewhere.