Bengaluru FC, coach Westwood part ways

Bangalore, May 31 (IANS) I-League champions Bengaluru FC announced on Tuesday they would be parting ways with coach Ashley Westwood by mutual consent.

The announcement brought to an end a successful three-year association during which they won two I-League titles and one Federation Cup crown.

They have also made the quarter-finals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup this season under Westwood.

The Englishman was at the helm of affairs since the club’s inception in 2013 where they won the I-League in their debut season. In 2014, they won the Federation Cup, finished second in the League and made the knock-out stages in the AFC Cup.

“I am extremely proud of my time and achievements during my tenure at BFC. I feel with 3 major trophies, multiple ‘Coach of the Year’ awards and developing as many as 10 players to go on to represent India across different ages, I have achieved all of my objectives. I would like to thank the players, staff and management team for their efforts and support,” Westwood said in a club statement.

Bengaluru CEO Parth Jindal said: “It’s been an extremely difficult time for the management of the club to part ways with Ashley Westwood. The decision hasn’t been the easiest to take but like always, it is one made in the best interests of Bengaluru FC. We would like to thank Ashley for what has been a phenomenal three years with the club. We wish him all the best for the future.”



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