Hyderabad: Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Hyderabad FC and Albert Roca have parted ways after agreeing to a mutual termination of their two-year contract.
The 57-year-old Spaniard who had formally taken charge at the Indian Super League side in June, had put in a request to be relieved of his duties following Spanish giants FC Barcelona’s offer to join the first team staff under a new management.
Roca, who hails from Catalonia, was part of the first team staff from 2003 to 2008. He will link up with newly appointed boss Ronald Koeman at FC Barcelona.
Hyderabad FC honours Albert Roca's request to join the first-team staff at La Liga giants @FCBarcelona.
— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) August 29, 2020
Albert Roca said, “For me, it’s been a tough decision to make. I am thankful to everyone at HFC for showing immense faith in me since I joined back in January. I am aware that all our fans will be disheartened but believe me, it’s not an easy goodbye for me either.
“I wish HFC the very best for the upcoming season and the future and I am extremely positive that Hyderabad FC will be one of the top sides this season. I will be assisting the management during the transition phase. Trust me, the club is in great hands and I will be following the club this season and in the future.”
Varun Tripuraneni, Hyderabad FC co-owner said, “I congratulate Albert as he is set for his new role at FC Barcelona. While parting ways with him has been tough to come to terms with, Albert has shown utmost professionalism in his approach and working ways with us right from the start in January, to date.”
Hyderabad FC will announce their new head coach soon.
[LATEST NEWS]: Albert Roca will be the new fitness coach working alongside @RonaldKoeman
Barça would like to thank @HydFCOfficial for allowing Roca, who was at Barça during the Frank Rijkaard era, to return, and wishes them every success in the next @IndSuperLeague. pic.twitter.com/mzxy9y5EBX
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 29, 2020