Appointed to handle the reins at the dawn of Bengaluru FC’s journey in Indian Football, Ashley Westwood was announced by the club as its Head Coach in July 2013. Tasked with giving the club a strong start as it joined the Indian footballing structure, the 2013-14 I-League season marked the Englishman’s first stint as Head Coach at any club.
Westwood implemented a structure and system at the club that guided the Blues to an unprecedented I-League title in its debut season (2013–14) before repeating the feat two years later with the 2015-16 Championship. All in all, the Englishman led the newly formed team to three titles in his three seasons at the club, also winning the Federation Cup in 2015.
Westwood was also in-charge of the Blues in their maiden Asian sojourn, with the AFC Champions League qualifier against Johor Darul Ta’zim in 2015 and an AFC Cup campaign that saw the Blues finish second in the Group Stages and bow out to South China AA in the Round of 16. Westwood was also in charge of the Blues until the Round of 16 of their historic 2016 AFC Cup run, where the Blues finished as runners up to Air Force Club, becoming the first Indian Club to reach the final of an AFC competition.
After stints alongside Frank Rijkaard at FC Barcelona, Galatasaray and the Saudi Arabian national team, Albert Roca was appointed as the Blues’ Head Coach in July 2016. The Spaniard made an instant impact, with a historic run in the remainder of the Blues’ 2016 AFC Cup campaign. Under him, Bengaluru FC became the first Indian team to reach the final of an AFC competition, going down 1-0 to Air Force Club in the final in Doha. His first full season at the club saw the Blues pick up their second Federation Cup.
Roca oversaw the club’s transition from the I-League to the Indian Super League, where he led a rampant Blues side to the top of the table with a record points tally. The Blues’ debut campaign saw a run to the summit, where they broke several League records before going down to Chennaiyin FC in the final. Roca’s Blues then took part in the inaugural edition of the Super Cup where they defeated East Bengal in the final to make it five trophies in as many seasons. Roca bid farewell to the club after guiding them to the Inter-zone finals of the 2018 AFC Cup, after a final day victory over Abahani Dhaka granted the Blues passage to the knockouts.
Keeping with the club’s philosophy, Albert Roca was succeeded by his trusted assistant Carles Cuadrat, who spent several seasons as Roca’s right-hand man across clubs and national teams. Having ended his 2017-18 campaign prematurely for medical reasons, Cuadrat returned to be appointed Head Coach of the Blues following Roca’s departure at the end of the season.
Cuadrat took the Blues a step ahead, and atoned for their loss in the previous year’s final, topping the League table once again and pipping FC Goa to the title with an extra-time goal from Rahul Bheke. The Blues then became the first team to reach the playoffs as the defending champions when a spot in the top four was secured the following season.
Cuadrat handed opportunities to several youngsters during his time at the club, most notably fielding as many as seven players from the club’s Reserve side against Jamshedpur FC in 2019. The Spaniard and the club parted ways by mutual consent in January 2021.
Bengaluru FC appointed German-born Italian Marco Pezzaiuoli as the club’s Head Coach in February 2021. Pezzaiuoli’s first assignment as Blues’ boss came in the 2021 AFC Cup Preliminary Stage. Having started his coaching career as the Youth Director at Karlsruher SC, Pezzaiuoli’s first stint outside Germany was with Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC in South Korea, where he won the K-League and K-League Cup in 2004.
He returned to Germany after and took charge of the German youth teams. With the likes of Mario Gotze, Marc Andre ter Stegen, Shokradan Mustafi and Bernd Leno, his U17 side won the European Championship in 2009. Along with Matthias Sammer, he put together a new football philosophy and training program for the national team ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and also worked as the team analyst for Germany at Euro 2008. Pezzaiuoli then joined Ralf Rangnick as an assistant at TSG Hoffenheim, coaching players like Robert Firmino, Gylfi Sigurdsson and David Alaba.