Hero Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Hyderabad FC head coach Manolo Marquez will step down from his role at the end of the ongoing 2022-23 campaign, the club announced the decision through their social media handles on Tuesday. 

However, Manolo will remain in charge of the team until the end of the current campaign, which includes the upcoming Hero Super Cup and the playoff for continental spot.

Marquez has been a huge success for Hyderabad FC since joining the team in August 2020. He helped the team win their first Hero ISL title in the 2021–22 season by defeating Kerala Blasters FC in the final. The Spaniard also put Hyderabad back on the footballing map after his tremendous development of young Indian players during his three seasons at the club.

The club owner, Varun Tripuraneni, was impressed by the Spaniard’s professionalism and also with the efforts he put in for three seasons to help Hyderabad FC fight top teams consistently.

Hyderabad FC owner Varun Tripuraneni said, “It’s been three incredible seasons for the club under Manolo. On behalf of everyone at HFC, I would like to thank Manolo for his immense contribution, which has put the club among the best in the league.”

“Manolo informed us of his decision to leave at the beginning of February itself to give us adequate time to find a suitable replacement. This shows the respect he has for the club,” he added.

Speaking of his decision, Manolo Marquez said, “It has been three wonderful and extraordinary seasons with Hyderabad, and for that I thank everyone at the Club. However, the season is not over yet. We have a very important competition, the Super Cup, where we want to compete and win.”

Since arriving in Hyderabad in August 2020, the Spaniard has revolutionized a young squad that has improved consistently over the last three seasons, finishing 5th in 2020-21 (29 pts), 2nd in 2021-22 (38 pts), and 2nd in 2022-23 (42 pts), which is HFC’s best ever tally.

Hyderabad FC is already in process of finalizing the replacement and will make an announcement at an appropriate time.