Indian Super League: SC East Bengal appoint Mario of Spain

SC East Bengal appoints Spain's Mario Rivera as head coach

ISL: SC East Bengal appointed Mario Rivera as head coach.© Twitter

SC East Bengal on Saturday announced the appointment of Spain’s Mario Rivera as their head coach for the remainder of the Indian Super League season after Jose Manuel Diaz was sacked after a poor performance. After the club’s eight-match winless streak – four losses and four draws – Diaz was shown the door in the middle of the season on Tuesday and former India international Randy Singh was given the charge as interim coach. For Rivera, it is a homecoming of sorts as he guided East Bengal to a second-place finish in the I-League two seasons ago.

He was an assistant to former East Bengal coach Alejandro Menendez for 32 games in the 2018–19 I-League season before he was asked to take the reins.

Col Shivaji Samaddar, CEO, SC East Bengal, said, “We are delighted to appoint him as our head coach. Mario has been a part of East Bengal in the past and his experience in Indian football will be beneficial for the team for the rest of the season.”

Rivera, a UEFA Pro license holder, will undergo a mandatory quarantine period as per ISL rules and will then take charge of the team.

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Under Diaz’s leadership, SC East Bengal are at the bottom of the 11-team ISL table with just four points.

SC East Bengal will next take on Bengaluru FC in Bambolim on Tuesday.

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