The Spaniard leaves the club after failing to win a single match.

SC East Bengal find themselves at the bottom of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 table after eight games. After winning only four points to-date, the Red & Gold have arrived at the decision of parting ways with their head coach, Manolo Diaz.

After an abysmal inaugural season in the Indian Super League (ISL) under Robbie Fowler in the previous campaign, the Spain-born Manolo Diaz was brought to the club in the hopes of ushering in a new era. Unfortunately, persisting administrative issues and poor recruitment meant that results were hard to come by. โ€œAll the players are doing their best but the performance โ€“ it is what it is. We have big problem regarding the three points. The squad is doing their best but itโ€™s not enough โ€“ the level we have,โ€ re-iterated Diaz after their defeat against NorthEast United.

SC East Bengal has the second-worst defensive record in the league right now. They have conceded 18 goals, one less than NEUFC, in their first eight matches. Despite their winless streak, the side had performed well in some games, including the latest draw against Hyderabad FC. The beleaguered SCEB side did well to keep high-flying Hyderabad at bay.

 โ€œThe players worked very hard and did a good job. I want them to work every day to keep improving our levels in every match. We have drawn four games this season, but in each game like today, the players have done very well. We know we have made some mistakes, which the opposition have taken advantage of and in the next games we want to reduce this,โ€ Diaz said after the draw.

Surprisingly, the Kolkata-based club only had five points after eight games last season, but this included a 3-1 win over Odisha FC. Following Diaz’s departure, former India captain and SC East Bengal assistant coach Renedy Singh has taken over charge as interim head coach.

SC East Bengal CEO Col. Shivaji Samaddar said, “We thank Jose and Angel for their contribution and support to the team in the ongoing season. I wish both of them all the best for their future endeavours.” Up next, the club will take on Bengaluru FC on January 4 at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim.

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