Former Indian Super League (ISL) champion, Bengaluru FC has parted ways with the head coach, Carles Cuadrat. The announcement came on Wednesday evening after the side succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Mumbai City FC. It was Bengaluru’s third consecutive defeat of the season, while it is placed fifth in the table.

Cuadrat had been associated with the side since 2018. It was under him that it had won its only title to date, during the 2018-19 season. “I greatly appreciate the club for giving me the opportunity to be head coach. It has been a relationship where I have been treated really well and a club that I will always have fond memories of,” he said, according to a statement by BFC.

“I would like to thank the owners and management whose vision has been excellent, players who have always been at my service, the staff that I have worked with and that have stood by my side across five seasons and the fans, who have been tremendous in their support, and without whom we could never have carved out so many beautiful nights at the Kanteerava and away. I wish the club all the luck through the season and beyond. This club and the people associated with it will forever be in my heart,” added Cuadrat.

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Meanwhile, Naushad Moosa has been appointed as the interim manager of the side. The 49-year-old has previously managed Indian clubs like Air India and Bengaluru FC B. “Naushad Moosa has been with the club for four seasons and we are confident he will get the team to play the kind of football that we have based our success on,” said club director, Parth Jindal.

“Meanwhile, our search for a replacement has already begun and we will be bringing in someone who we believe can further the philosophy and style of this club. Our ambition of challenging for titles while developing young talent that goes on to represent the country remains unchanged. We are currently in a good position this season and we back the staff and players to build on it in the coming weeks,” concluded Jindal.