Ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24), Bengaluru FC have announced the signing of former India captain Renedy Singh as their assistant coach on a three-year deal, on Thursday.
A midfielder in his playing career, Renedy has won several honours and is a four-time I-League winner, two-time Federation Cup winner, and has also lifted the Super Cup. The 44-year-old last plied his trade with Kerala Blasters FC in the 2015 season of the ISL.
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Soon after hanging up his boots in 2015, the midfielder turned towards coaching and started out at FC Pune City as their assistant manager, followed by brief coaching stints at Sagolband United and NEROCA FC. Ahead of the ISL 2020-21 season, he was named as the assistant manager of East Bengal FC.
In the following season, Renedy assumed the role of interim head coach after the exit of then East Bengal FC head coach Manuel Diaz. Having managed three games for the Kolkata side as an interim, he became the first coach to field an all-Indian starting eleven in East Bengal FC’s match against Jamshedpur FC.
Having also served as a technical director for Classic FA, Renedy’s deep understanding of the game beyond the field, technical setup, and tactical awareness will highly benefit the Blues as he will look to expand his vision alongside head coach Simon Grayson.
“I’m really excited for what lies ahead in the form of a new challenge with Bengaluru FC. This is a club that raised the standards of professionalism in Indian football, and I’m keen to play a part in their journey over the coming years. I’m looking forward to joining the team in preseason and working our way towards what will hopefully be another successful season,” said Renedy, after the completion of formalities on his deal.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring Renedy on board, as he brings with him a huge amount of experience both as a player and as a coach. His ability to bring the best out of Indian players will be vital as we enter an important phase at the football club and on behalf of Bengaluru FC, I want to welcome him and wish him luck,” said Blues’ Director of Football, Darren Caldeira.