Ashley Westwood has parted ways with Bengaluru FC after three years, the club announced on Tuesday. The I-League champions made the announcement just prior to the club's AFC Cup 2016 quarterfinals campaign.
Westwood, who started his playing career with Manchester United in 1994, won two I-League championship titles with Bengaluru FC in his three-year tenure, as well as an FA Cup. There is no word, meanwhile, on the 39-year-old's future coaching assignments as of now and the club has also reserved their comment on who could potentially succeed Westwood in the future.
"I am extremely proud of my time and achievements during my tenure at BFC. I came to the country with a blank canvas, tasked with helping to build a club from scratch, improve Indian football and to try to produce some players to go on to represent the country," said Westwood in a BFC press release.
"I feel with 3 major trophies, multiple 'Coach of the Year' awards and developing as many as 10 players to go on to represent India across different ages, I have achieved all of my objectives. I would like to thank the players, staff and management team for their efforts and support and I also want to thank the most important and fundamental part of this club, the fans, especially the West Block Blues who will always have a very special place in my and my family's heart.
"My time with BFC has been a memorable one and I'll never forget all that we achieved. I'm saddened to leave but I know I have left the club in a very strong position as Champions of India once again and safely through to the quarter finals in the AFC Cup. I wish the club all the best for the future," he added.