Former FC Goa manager Sergio Lobera has been appointed as the head coach of Mumbai City FC ahead of the Indian Super League's (ISL) 2020-21 season, the club announced on Friday.
- Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) October 12, 2020
Lobera had previously managed clubs in Spain, Morocco and India. He also worked as an assistant manager of FC Barcelona in 2012.
Lobera was most recently the head coach at FC Goa, guiding them to the Super Cup title in 2019.
"He is fantastic coach with a winning pedigree and we are confident that he has all the skills and qualities to take this team to the next level," said Bimal Parekh, co-owner of Mumbai City FC.
Lobera, in his statement, said that he was delighted to join the new team. "I have enjoyed my time in the ISL so far, but for me there is still much to be achieved and I believe we will have the players, partners and management to be very competitive next season," he said.
Lobera's coaching team will also include new additions -- assistant coach Jesús Tato and fitness and conditioning coach, Manuel Sayabera, both of whom were earlier a part of the support staff at FC Goa.
Goalkeeping coach, Juan Maria Cruz Arias, will also join the coaching staff. He had previously worked with Lobera at the Moroccan club Moghreb Tetouan.
The upcoming ISL will be held in Goa and is likely to start in late November or early December.