In the wake of Bengaluru FC’s disappointing season of 2020/21, Carles Cuadrat was sacked mid-season and Marco Pezzaiuoli was tasked with managing the 21/22 campaign. The German left his position as Eintracht Frankfurt’s technical director to take on the role of Blues’ head coach ahead of their AFC Cup campaign. Despite three wins, one loss, and a draw, Bengaluru FC was unable to progress past the group stage.
Pezzaiuoli, however, could not change Bengaluru’s fortunes in the Indian Super League as they finished sixth in the points table and yet again failed to make the top four. The 53-year-old won just eight games out of the twenty he managed.
Pezzaiuoli’s possible departure comes as a surprise because most of the foreigners brought in were signed based on the coach’s advice and were handed multi-year contracts as they looked forward to more years with Marco as manager. Marco had signed a three-year performance based contract last year and his stay would have been automatically extended if Bengaluru FC had finished in the top four. The club is yet to trigger the extension clause in his contract and his stay with The Blues’ is not yet confirmed.
In his last game in charge, Marco said he was satisfied with the team’s style of play and individual mistakes were to blame for the disappointing season. Bengaluru FC’s lack of scorers, which has cost them dearly in the last two seasons, was also highlighted by the coach. He made it clear he wanted more investment in the squad, saying, “You need to invest and the top four teams invest a lot. Mumbai bought two players with high salaries in the middle of the season. It’s not so easy to be in the top four and we want to be there next season.”
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