The managerial merry-go-round in the I-League has come full circle. A 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Shillong Lajong on the final matchday has seen East Bengal opt for a change. Following the departures of Armando Colaco and Eelco Schattoire, former India international Biswajt Bhattacharya has been named as the coach. Biswajit Bhattacharya will be handed a one-year contract with an option for a renewal.
Biswajit Bhattacharya: “I will try my level best”
Shortly after being inducted, the former India striker reassured the media and fans with his statement.
“My first and foremost priority is to help the team be like a family, a well-knit unit. Whenever you form a strong bond within a unit, you get results, that is precisely what I will try and do. It is a big challenge to win it again, which will be a record. I will try my level best.”
Club President Pranab Dasgupta’s joy knew no bounds as he handed Bhattacharya a bouquet and a scarf. After his stint as a player, Biswajit Bhattacharya was welcomed back to the red and gold brigade with open arms.
“He has played five years for us and a year less for (arch-rivals) Mohun Bagan, so I believe he has a soft corner for us,” Dasgupta went on to say.
When quizzed about the challenges ahead, Bhattacharya went on to enumerate
“We will sit and decide where and when to hold training sessions as soon as I will have the schedule of the upcoming games. I believe the relegation fight takes out of you a lot more, it is about surviving. So I enjoy it more. “
Bhattacharya refused to give out names regarding the signing of a third foreign player. Apart from retaining top goalscorer Ranti Martins, East Bengal have retained Bello Rasaq to the roster.
Biswajit Bhattacharya was a part of the Indian squad that participated in the 1984 Asia AFC Cup. He has been associated with the likes of Mohun Bagan and Viva-Kerala. His one year stint is scheduled to begin on the 1st of July.
Sports Rediscovered wishes Biswajit Bhattacharya the best of luck as he takes the reigns at East Bengal.