ISL 2021-22: Mario Rivera joins SC East Bengal as new head coach
SC East Bengal remains winless in the 2021-22 ISL so far. Mario Rivera has joined the club as the new manager. He is replacing Jose Manuel Diaz.
SC East Bengal (SCEB) has not proved its mettle in the Indian Super League (ISL). In the 2021-22 season so far, it stays winless. While having debuted last season, it had finished ninth. Owing to its recent winless run, it sacked head coach Jose Manuel Diaz and has been replaced by Mario Rivera.
Notably, Rivera has worked with East Bengal before. It was a couple of seasons back, in the I-League, where he had helped the side finish second in a matter of just seven games. He also worked alongside former club coach Alejandro Menéndez during the 2018-19 season before taking over the reins. He happens to be a UEFA Pro Licence holder.
"We are happy to appoint him as our head coach. Mario has been part of East Bengal previously, and his experience in Indian football will be beneficial to the team for the rest of the season," Col. Shivaji Samaddar (SCEB CEO) told the club after roping in Rivera as the new club manager.
Currently, Rivera will be undergoing a rigid quarantine as per ISL's COVID norms and regulations. Until then, interim head coach Renedy Singh will be handling the duties. SCEB plays Bengaluru FC (BFC) in its next game at the GAM Athletic Stadium in Bambolim (Goa) on Tuesday.