Bagan coach Stanley Rosario got an opportunity to save his job – but this was his worst week this season. First Bagan went down 1-2 against HAL at home on the 8th and in 4 days Bagan went down 0-2 to Churchill Brothers in Goa. A lack of creativity, poor match reading and ideas ended up in a very poor 1st three rounds of the 4th iLeague for Bagan. The trophyless coach whose team was relegated from the iLEague last year in spite of playing the Federation Cup final, would find it difficult to save his job this season.

Chidi is half-fit – nursing injuries – and Barreto is perhaps no more a 90 mins player. Any good coach will make sure both of the them are used in such a way that they become effective. But, the coach seems to have different ideas. Manish was a failure as a snatcher and a blocker today – but was there in the ground for 80 mins. Ashim replaced Biswajit though Ishfaq had to be there in the ground (he replaced Gouranga). One wonders why Jayanta was there for only 10 minutes.

One wonders if the coach has ever spoken to the defense – corrected their mistakes, told Manish exactly what he should do – remind Muritala that this is a team game! One wonders if there were any plan B or plan C in case Bagan concedes a goal at the beginning of the game. One wonders whether Bagan coach had any plan A at all!

A poor decision of taking Diamondstar out in Federation Cup final was costly – but Bagan coach did not learn a lesson. Its time he puts down his papers for the fan and supporters have lost faith in him. With Sukhwinder looking for a job, David Booth  and Phillip de Rider available, Subhash Bhowmick sitting idle – Bagan officials will have to keep aside their differences and ego and take a decision to save the team and take necessary actions – for we have 23 more rounds to go!


Mohun Bagan: Shilton, Biswajit Saha (Ashim Biswas), Rahul Kumar, Harpreet, Dhanrajan, Gouranga (Ishfaq), Manish (Jayanta), Barreto, Snehasis, Chidi, Muritala Ali

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