Des Buckingham parts ways with Mumbai City FC
Des Buckingham leaves Mumbai City FC, pursuing work with an EFL League One club.
Indian Super League (ISL) side Mumbai City FC on Thursday announced that head Coach Des Buckingham has left the club. The 38-year-old Englishman has made the decision to pursue an opportunity back home in the United Kingdom with an EFL League One club.
Des leaves Mumbai City FC as the Club’s longest-serving Head Coach (72 games) and the youngest coach to win an ISL League Shield, winning the league title in the 2022-23 season while breaking 17 all-time ISL records along the way. He departs holding the league’s all-time highest win percentage (57.8%), highest points per league game average (1.96) among coaches with a minimum of 20 games and as the fastest coach to reach 100+ goals in ISL history. Des also led Mumbai City to AFC Champions League history in 2022 as the Islanders became the first Indian club to win a game in Asia’s premier club football competition, finishing an unprecedented second in their group.
🚨𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗕 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧🚨— Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) November 16, 2023
Mumbai City bid farewell to Des Buckingham as he leaves #TheIslanders for an opportunity in the EFL League One back home in England.
Thank you for everything you've done for us and good luck, Des!
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Kandarp Chandra, CEO of Mumbai City FC, said:
“Des came into the Club in a period of transition and did incredibly well not just to help lay the foundations of an elite football club but also to achieve great success both domestically in the Indian Super League and continentally at the AFC Champions League. While we are sad to see him leave, Des wants to take up a project that is close back home in the English Football League. His contribution to Mumbai City cannot be understated and with best wishes for the future, we say goodbye to Des and look towards the next chapter for Mumbai City.”