INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE side FC Bengaluru have parted ways with Spanish manager Carles Cuadrat.
Mr Cuadrat had been in charge of the club since 2018, winning the ISL in his first year.
Despite winning three and drawing the other three of their first six matches, Bengaluru has lost their last three on the trot.
Parth Jindal, a director at the club, told Times of India: “We feel the club needs to head in a new direction – one where ere the ethos and philosophy of Bengaluru FC begins reflecting again.
“We felt there was a departure from the philosophy that we held true last season, which prompted us to arrive at this decision.”
Naushad Moosha will become caretaker manager for the foreseeable future.
A director at the club has said coronavirus restrictions mean a new foreign manager will not be able to begin work until next month.
Cuadrat spoke positively about the club despite his dismissal: “I would like to thank the owners, players and the fans without whom we could never have carved out so many beautiful nights at the Kanteerava and away.
Mr Cuadrat is the first ISL manager to leave since matches began in late November.
At the time of writing, they are 5th in the table, but one point behind Jamshedpur in fourth and three points behind 3rd placed Goa, who have played one extra game.
One of their players, Sunil Chetri, is the current highest scoring Indian player in the league.
The club has never failed to qualify for the play-offs since leaving the I-League to joint the Indian Super League ahead of the 2018-19 season.