Bengaluru FC’s expectations and standards are consistently high. Consequently, head coach Simon Grayson faced backlash following his team’s 4-0 loss to Mumbai City FC. The Blues have had a string of inconsistent performances, resulting in only one win out of their first nine games. In response to the disappointing performance, the club’s owner Parth Jindal expressed frustration and pledged for immediate change. True to his words, Grayson was dismissed the following day. This development raises the question of who Bengaluru FC will turn to in order to regain their form and compete against the top teams.
Five potential candidates capable of replacing Grayson at Bengaluru FC include Bibiano Fernandes, Vincenzo Annese, Antonio Lopez Habas, Aidy Boothroyd, and Albert Roca. Fernandes, the current coach for Bengaluru FC’s development team, has surpassed expectations in his first season and could be a promising option. Annese, with his successful tenure at Gokulam Kerala FC, brings extensive experience in Indian football. Habas, a seasoned manager with multiple ISL title wins, would bring significant expertise to the table. Boothroyd, despite a challenging season with Jamshedpur FC, has a track record of success with England’s youth teams. Lastly, Roca, one of Bengaluru FC’s successful former managers, is also a strong contender, given his current role as a technical consultant at the club.
The decision to appoint a new head coach before the break for ISL is crucial, and the club will be eager to ensure they end the season on a positive note.