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SC East Bengal and Robbie Fowler part-ways with a mutual agreement

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Robbie Fowler part-ways with SC East Bengal after less than 1 year in office at the Indian Super League club. To Clarify that Robbie Fowler departed his post as head coach of East Bengal by mutual consent.

“SC East Bengal can confirm that the club has agreed with Robbie Fowler to a mutual termination of the head coach’s contract.” – announced by the Club on Twitter.

“Alongside his assistant Tony Grant, he took charge of the team in a very challenging period of transition and managed to overcome significant odds to bring the fans some moments of joy in the club’s first-ever season in the Indian Super League.” – further added by the club.

Fowler signed a two-year contract with East Bengal in October 2020. In the Indian Super League, the former striker of Liverpool and England managed just tenth position in the table. Further, He won only three of their 20 games with his team.

After Quess Corp left East Bengal in June 2020 after two seasons as the club’s investor, Shree Cement took over as the club’s new investor, allowing the club to move to the ISL. They subsequently formed the Shree Cement East Bengal Foundation.

As a joint venture in which the cement company owned 76 per cent stake while the members control 24 per cent. East Bengal hired Fowler as a statement of intent. However, the move didn’t work out for the Kolkata outfit as they finished the bottom of the ISL ladder last campaign.

Certainly With 17 points from 20 games and a W3, D8, L9 record. East Bengal concluded the ISL 7 season in ninth place.

Prior to joining SC East Bengal, Fowler was the coach of Brisbane Roar in Australia, but he left the club owing to the pandemic’s impact on his personal life.

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SC East Bengal has named Manuel Diaz, a former Real Madrid Castilla coach, as Fowler’s replacement. In addition to brief experiences with Mexican outfit Navalcarnero and Ponferradina in Spain.

And the 53-year-old Spaniard began coaching the Real Madrid youth team in 2002 and has since ascended to oversee the Real Madrid C and B teams. He was most recently the manager of Hercules, a team in Spain’s third division.

Additionally, over 328 matches coached by him in his two-decades of career, Manuel Diaz has an overall win rate of 41.77 per cent. In his most recent stint at Real Madrid Castilla, he also has a 46.66 per cent win rate (2018-19).

“In Madrid, we say ‘winning is in our DNA’. We love the pressure and expectation that comes with coaching a big club.” – said Manuel Diaz after his appointment to the club.

“Time is short and there is a long and difficult road ahead, but we will do our best to deliver good performances for all SC East Bengal fans.” – further added by him.

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