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Derrick, Viadero on FC Goa’s two-man shortlist to replace coach Ferrando | Goa News

Derrick, Viadero on FC Goa’s two-man shortlist to replace coach Ferrando | Goa News

Panaji: FC Goa have drawn up a two-man shortlist to replace coach Juan Ferrando and are likely to take a final call on Monday.
Ferrando’s decision to trigger the release clause in his contract and join ATK Mohun Bagan took the club by surprise on Sunday morning. But there was some calm later in the day as Goa knew who they wanted to take the team forward.
According to sources, the club’s technical director Derrick Pereira and Spanish coach Angel Viadero have been shortlisted to take over as the new coach.
Clifford Miranda will be the interim coach and will take charge for the next clash against Odisha FC on Christmas eve.
“We are @FCGoaOfficial. We have a championship squad and there is already a full strength of coaches and staff to fill in the gaps in the short term,” club president Akshay Tandon said in a tweet on Sunday.
When the club parted ways with Sergio Lobera in 2020 and there were still three league games to be played, besides the playoffs, Derrick was asked to take charge, along with Clifford. The former India defender has been with the club for a long time and knows what is expected.
Since Derrick is already in Goa, it will be easier for him to join the team’s bio-secure bubble, undergo quarantine and take charge.
Should the club look for a foreign option, Viadero is the top choice.
The Spanish coach was interviewed last season and impressed the club with his know-how. He has been following the Indian Super League (ISL) and is comfortable with the possession-based style of football that has been the hallmark of Goa since 2017.
Viadero, 52, started his coaching career in 2002 and spent the first eight years at Real Racing. Since then, he has managed several clubs including Racing Santander and Eibar in the Spanish Segunda B division.
In 2019-20, he coached Moroccan outfit Moghreb Tetouan, the same club where Lobera tasted success before he made his move to Goa.
“Right now, what the club needs is an experienced head on board. Derrick and Angel both have enough years of coaching under their belt and will be perfect for the club,” said one source.
Goa are placed eighth with seven points from six matches. They lost the first three games but won the next two and drew against Hyderabad FC.




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