Panaji: Portuguese coach Manuel Goncalves
Gomes is all set to be entrusted with the responsibility of
steering Churchill Brothers to the top of the Indian football
for the coming season.
The former Maldives national coach is understood to have
agreed to a one-year deal with the club although the
formalities will be completed next week, said patron of
Churchill Brothers club, Churchill Alemao.
Gomes was set to be the head coach of East Bengal last
summer before the deal fell out only to see Trevor Morgan come
into the picture and successfully lead the Red and Gold`s to
win two trophies.
Gomes, known as `Neca`, is best remembered for his stint
as part of the coaching staff of Portugal in the 2002 World
Cup where Seleccao couldn`t progress into the knockout rounds.
The Portuguese was also the assistant coach at Benfica
for two seasons and is said to have guided Estoril-Praia Sad,
a Portuguese second division club, to beat his former club`s B
side 4-3 in the final of the south finals of the Liga
Intercalar, a reserve league where the junior players are
handed an opportunity to excel.
The 59-year-old has about 30 years of experience in
coaching and is a certified UEFA Pro-license coach and has
worked in Asia with Maldives where he steered the Islanders to
some remarkable results in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Maldives beating Mongolia 12-0 is one of their biggest
victories till date and then they held World Cuppers South
Korea to memorable draw at home.
The coach was formerly associated wih Angola, whom it
took to the 1998 African Nations Cup finals in Burkina Faso.
Gomes, formerly assistant coach to the Portuguese
national team, will be the seventh coach at Churchill Brothers
since the departure of coach Drago Mamic who got the boot
after Churchill finished fourth in the I-League, their poorest
result since 2006.