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Bagan’s coach Kashyap resigns
October 14, 2012
KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan's merry-go-round with their coaches continued for yet another season with Santosh Kashyap on Saturday becoming the latest victim after their string of poor shows.
In a press statement, Mohun Bagan on Saturday announced that the chief coach had taken the responsibility of the team's below average performance and resigned. "His letter has been duly accepted by the club," it
For a team that has seen more than half a dozen coaches in last three seasons, Kashyap's ouster was seen imminent especially after their early Federation Cup ouster and back-to-back losses to start the sixth I-League.
The sudden decision three days ahead of the All Airlines Gold Cup final against Mohammedan Sporting seemed a trifle baffling.
The Mohun Bagan coach, in fact, put up a brave face in yesterday's post-match conference and had said, "I'm still waiting for my first win... But I'm sure this team will spring back into action once we get a win." He also had opted not to comment when asked about his future at Mohun Bagan.
In fact, it was a repeat of last season in the Mohun Bagan camp as it was exactly a year ago, their high profile Englishman coach Steve Darby had tendered his resignation following their Federation Cup elimination.
Meanwhile, a couple of foreign coaches names like David Booth and former Mohun Bagan player Igor Shkvyrin are doing the rounds, especially after the fans’ angry protests after their 1-2 loss to Prayag United SC on Friday.
The disgruntled fans, armed with paper missiles and empty bottles, called for Kashyap's ouster and even attacked all the vehicles coming out of Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Friday to vent their ire. There were ugly incidents during the half time interval as a section of Bagan fans attempted to make their way into the VIP box where Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra was seated.
The fans hurled abuses at the club officials and demanded an explanation for the club's shambolic performances in the last two months. The protests did not end there as fans rounded up the officials and coach near the VIP gate, after the match ended. Police force was used to disperse the crowd before the players could leave the stadium.
Mohun Bagan, who have been without a trophy since 2009, have parted ways with eight coaches, including foreigners Bencherifa and Darby since season 2009-10.
In fact, after parting ways with Mohun Bagan, Bencherifa went on to win the I-League and the Federation Cup for Salgaocar as the Moroccan along with former defender Subrata Bhattacharya now have become top choices for the plum post by the supporters.
Veteran Chuni Goswami has openly called for the two names and said, "Subrata and Karim can make this team perform."