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Manolo Marquez extends his contract with Hyderabad FC till 2023

Manolo Marquez in a Hyderabad FC t-shirt
Manolo Marquez in a Hyderabad FC t-shirt

Hyderabad FC head coach Manolo Marquez Roca has extended his contract with the club till the end of the 2022-23 football season.

The Spanish manager was delighted while putting pen to paper and thanked the club as well as the players for the support during his first season with the Nizams. He said, 

“I am very happy to extend my contract with Hyderabad FC because I think that it is a very good project. The atmosphere here is great. The continuity at the club, with players as well as the staff is really good. When things are working well, you should not change much, so I am very pleased to sign the new contract.”

The Spaniard also talked about how the fans should keep their expectations from a young squad realistic as they will be scrutinized more next season both by other clubs as well the media. He said, 

“Sometimes the second year is more difficult than the first. This season, we are a surprise to the league but next season, I am sure will not be the same. There will be more pressure, but if we work hard, and strive to improve as we did in this season, we can surely have a good season, next year as well. I am happy to continue my work with this club but more importantly, I cannot wait to play in front of our home fans, back in Hyderabad. Hopefully, that day is not too far away.”

Hyderabad FC has enjoyed a great first season under Manuel ‘Manolo’ Marquez as they currently sit in the fourth position in the Indian Super League 2020-21 points table with 23 points from 16 matches.

The Nizams are currently going through the longest unbeaten run of 8 matches in the club’s history and many young players have been central to the head coach’s plan with three of those young Indian players making their debut in the ongoing seventh edition of the ISL.

Hyderabad FC co-owner Varun Tripuraneni talked up the contribution of Manolo Marquez at the club both in bringing results as well as in improving the style of play. He said, 

Hyderabad FC co-owner Varun Tripuraneni said,

“We are extremely delighted that Manolo has signed a two-year extension with us. He took over a massive challenge at HFC and he has not only brought us and the fans’ delight with results on the pitch, but he has also brought in an attractive style of play.”

The former CEO of both Kerala Blasters FC and Chennaiyin FC, Varun has worked with a lot of managers but reserved special praised for Marquez for the improvement shown by the Indian youngsters under his tutelage. He quipped, 

“Manolo has done a tremendous job in showcasing the potential that this talented young squad has. He has managed to bring out the best in a lot of young players by instilling confidence, and it’s important that we keep up with the good work. Continuity is important to build on and achieve sustainable success, and as a club, we believe he is the right person to help us accomplish our goals in the next few seasons.”

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