ISL: Head coach Manolo Marquez to leave Hyderabad FC

Manolo Marquez. Photo:R.Parthibhan/Focus Sports/ISL

Hyderabad FC head coach Manolo Marquez has decided to leave his position at the end of the current season, the club has announced. He will remain in charge of the team for the upcoming Super Cup and the AFC Cup playoff match against ATK Mohun Bagan.

The club owner Varun Tripuraneni said, "It's been three incredible seasons for the club under Manolo. On behalf of everyone at HFC, I would like to thank Manolo for his immense contribution, putting the club amongst the best in the League."

"Manolo informed of his decision to leave in the beginning of February itself to give us adequate time to find a suitable replacement. This shows the respect he has towards the Club," he added.

Since he signed for Hyderabad in August 2020, Marquez has been a big success for the club, helping them to win their maiden Indian Super League title in the 2021-22 season, beating Kerala Blasters in the final. His team showed progress consistently, finishing fifth in 2020-21, second in 2021-22 and second again in the 2022-23 season.

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He's also credited with improving the level of Indian players in the club, with names like Asish Rai, Chinglensana Singh, Akash Mishra and Yasir Mohammad making big impressions under his reign.

Speaking of his decision, Marquez said, "It has been three wonderful and extraordinary seasons with Hyderabad, and for that I thank everyone at the Club. However, the season is not over yet. We have a very important competition, the Super Cup, where we want to compete and win."

Hyderabad FC are already in process of finalising the replacement.

According to various reports, Marquez is set to join another ISL side FC Goa as their new head coach.