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ISL 2018/19: FC Pune City sign former Delhi Dynamos boss Miguel Angel Portugal

12:13 SAST 2018/08/09
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The former Real Madrid Castilla coach will replace Marcos Paqueta who left the club without managing a single game...

Miguel Angel Portugal will be back in the Indian Super League (ISL) season 5 as the head coach of FC Pune City. Portugal will be joined by his assistant Gonzalo Yarza in the Stallions' camp as they plot to win the title. 

Portugal is a familiar name in the Indian domestic circuit as he was in charge of Delhi Dynamos for 2017/18 ISL season. After a disappointing season with the Dynamos, he left for Spain to join Spanish second-division club Granada CF.

Pune City had previously announced Marcos Paqueta as the head coach but the Brazilian chose to return to his native country when Botafogo offered him the role of chief coach. But after a string of disappointing results, the Rio de Janeiro-based club decided to part ways with Paqueta.

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.”

Speaking on the players at his disposal, he said, “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 the 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,” he added.