Pune: FC Pune City signed Miguel Angel Portugal as the head coach of the club for the 2018-19 season. Portugal will be joined by his assistant Gonzalo Yarza in preparations to lead the Stallions to glory in the upcoming season.
“I was very impressed with the organisation, facilities, stadiums, fan support and therefore coming back to ISL was a very easy decision for me,” Miguel Angel said.
The 62-year-old Spaniard took over the reins of Spanish second-division club Granada CF in May 2018 after spending 2017-18 season with Delhi Dynamos FC.
“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.
“The discussions that I had with the Club were extremely insightful, exciting and the plans the club has, especially with regards to development of young Indian players are very refreshing. I am sure that while we gear up for being serious contenders this season of ISL, we will lay down equal emphasis to continue and build on the work of developing and promoting young players from the Club’s reserves and youth teams,” added added Angel.
“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,” said FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel after getting the Spanish manager on board.