Derrick Pereira

Derrick Pereira (born 17 March 1962 in Goa), is an Indian association football manager and former player, who manages I-League club Churchill Brothers.

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Playing career

Pereira’s story began in the late 1970s when he started playing for local Goa clubs as a Child (Antao Brothers). His first move to a top club was with Salgaocar SC in 1980 where he stayed on till 1983. Later he moved on to Tata Football Academy and then back to Salgaocar SC in 1985. He stayed on at Salgaocar till the end of his career in 1999.[1] Amongst the highlights of his career were leading Goa to victory in the 1980 Junior National Championship. Another highlight was leading Salgaocar to a win in the 1990 Rovers Cup which the team won after downing Dempo SC in the final. He was also part of the senior India side from 1984-91. He was also the part of national team which features in 1984 AFC Asian Cup.

Coaching career

Pereira’s coaching career began when he began coaching Salgaocar U-19. That was a job which he held for two seasons. Next came coaching the first team at Vasco SC which he did for five seasons till 2005. Another prominent assignment was coaching Mahindra United from 2005 to 2009. Then in June 2009 he signed on with Pune FC, where he has now managed for two seasons, leading them to top-five finishes in each season.

At the start of 2013–14 I-League campaign, Salgaocar replaced David Booth with Pereira. Salgaocar started the season brightly and at one time led the table for six game-weeks, but a rough patch of eight games, which included 4 straight losses, derailed their campaign and saw them lose the title to Bengaluru FC. Salgaocar finished their campaign at third place, which was a marked improvement over their past two campaign finishes. In February 2017, he signed with Churchill Brothers, mid-way through the season after the team stood last in the table. (Source)

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