Juan Ferrando leaves FC Goa, set to join ATK Mohun Bagan
Juan Ferrando has requested the FC Goa management to trigger his release clause, allowing him to leave the club. He will now join the ATK Mohun Bagan, as confirmed by FC Goa president Akshay Tandon on Twitter.
"With disappointment, I'd like to confirm that Juan Ferrando has triggered his release clause, obliging us to release him of his duties so that he can join ATK Mohun Bagan. As long the money gets deposited in our accounts, we do not have a choice in his decision." FC Goa president Akshay Tandon confirmed the news via twitter on Sunday, 19 December.
Tandon also said that a decision on the new coach of FC Goa would be taken in the next two days.
ATK Mohun Bagan sacked 64-year-old Spanish coach Antonio Lopez Habas on Saturday, 18 December. The Mariners have struggled in the 2021-22 ISL season as the seventh-placed team with eight points from six matches.
Under Ferrando, FC Goa lost their first three matches and currently have seven points from including two wins and a draw. FC Goa held Hyderabad to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.
A remarkable career
Ferrando took over as FC Goa coach before the 2020-21 season. Under his tutelage, the Gaurs reached the semi-finals of last season's ISL but missed out on the finals after losing to Mumbai City in a penalty shootout.
After that, FC Goa performed brilliantly in the AFC Champions League, scoring three points from six matches. The Gaurs became the first Indian team to score in the AFC Champions League. At the start of the 2021-22 season, FC Goa won the Durand Cup in Kolkata in September-October under Ferrando.