I-League: Bengaluru FC appoint Spaniard Albert Roca as new head coach

The former FC Barcelona assistant takes over the reins of I-League champions from Ashley Westwood...

Bengaluru FC have roped in former FC Barcelona assistant manager Albert Roca as their head coach for the forthcoming season. The Blues have penned a two-year deal with Roca.

The 53-year-old Spaniard who worked for five seasons under the tutelage of Dutch manager Frank Rijkaard was instrumental in bringing four time Ballon D'Or winner Lionel Messi into the first team squad from their famed academy, La Masia.

Roca takes on from Ashley Westwood who was the head coach of Bengaluru FC for the last three seasons since the inception of the club. Westwood left the club at the end of the last season with a fruitful repetoire which included two I-League titles and a Federation Cup triumph.

Roca last served as the head coach of El Salvador national team. The Spaniard has also been involved with Galatasaray and the Saudi Arabia national team as an assistant under Rijkaard.

Roca was a centre-half during his playing days, primarily plying his trade in the second division of the Spanish league with clubs like Zaragoza and Sabadell.