Having shepherded East Bengal to a second-place finish in the 2019-20 season of the I-League, Mario Rivera is ready to return to serve the club.

East Bengal is yet to finalise its head coach following its acquisition by Shree Cement which will make an ISL bid for the upcoming season. Former Serbian international Risto Vidakovic is tipped to be favourite to take over.

“I receive many messages every day from East Bengal fans asking me to come back but at this moment nothing is closed,” Rivera told PTI from Madrid.

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Rivera, who worked as Alejandro Menendez’s deputy for 32 games in 2018-19, was brought in as replacement for the famed Spaniard after they started off the New Year with a hat-trick of losses, including a 1-2 derby debacle. Rivera, in a matter of just seven matches, took the club to second place as East Bengal officials…

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