Brazilian coach Zico and Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Goa have decided to part ways after working together for three years.
“Keeping the logistical challenges of the upcoming season in mind, the two parties amicably came to this decision,” a statement said today.
The club is now trying to identify a Technical Director, who could have coaching experience and could also have experience of the Indian footballing ecosystem.
“FC Goa Management has nothing but immense respect and gratitude towards Zico and his dedicated support staff for their role in helping the club establish its foundation,” the statement added.
Zico had huge fan following among the football fans and it sometimes showed up in the welcome to the star at the airport.
But after seeing good performance during the first two editions of the tournament, FC Goa has had a tough time during the third season of ISL as it ended last among the eight teams, losing eight of the 14 matches. For over five weeks after the league began in October, it could not register a win in its home matches, which was a huge disappointment for its fans.
Zico has had an impressive record as a coach. After retirement, Zico started with Japanese club Kashima Antlers in 1999. He was later appointed to the Japanese national team, helping them emerge champions in the 2004 Asian Cup and qualify for the 2006 edition of the FIFA World Cup. He later coached Fenerbahçe during 2006-08, and guided them to the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.
FC Goa also tasted big success during the ISL under his guidance. In the inaugural edition of the tournament, it reached the last four stage, while in the first year of the ISL it lost the finals.
The owners of the club include cricketer Virat Kohli, Videocon Group’s Venugopal Dhoot and Delta Corp’s Jaydev Mody.