Mumbai FC have confirmed the news of general manager Henry Menezes, coach David Booth and assistant coach Arshad Hussain’s resignation but felt that the trio did so, possibly because of a better offer.
It was earlier revealed that the famed trio of Mumbai FC who were key to its formation put in their papers which was authenticated by club director Sanjay Das. '
Speaking to Goal.com, Das said, “Henry Menezes resigned on Monday while David Booth and Arshad Hussain did so on Wednesday.”
The Essel Group has been facing financial problems and the club’s budget has been downsized which means that they cannot be very ambitious in their dealings in the transfer market and in keeping their current stars which was seen in Kalia Kulothungan and Riston Rodrigues’ departure to Mohun Bagan.
“There is a budget constraint but that has been the trend in all the big companies. Mahindra and Mahindra have cut the salaries of their top professionals by 25%; Infosys have cut their number of workers drastically. So, I don’t think that the financial constraint has led to them parting ways with us,” pointed Das.
So what according to him was the reason for the three pillars of the club, who were so committed to the cause of Mumbai FC, part ways with the club in a matter of days?
“Possibly they must have received a better offer,” replied Das.
Though he admitted that the club is disheartened with the fact that the trio have left, Das believes that it’s time to move on to other things.
“Yes, we are disappointed to lose them but everyone has to move on. There’s a new way of looking at things. We will back Khalid Jamil as the coach and lend our support to give a reasonably strong squad to him.
“In 20-20 cricket, India won the World Cup with all the big shots being out. I don’t say that we would win the I-League next season but we will give it a shot for sure,” said added the director.
Das wished the trio ‘best of luck’ for the future and felt that maybe they could do the same what they had done for Mumbai FC in another city and another club.
“All the very best to Henry Menezes and David Booth. I feel wherever they shall go, a lot of young players would come up which is a positive cycle for Indian football. We have imbibed the training lessons from David Booth and hope to continue along the same lines in the future.
“I’m sure wherever they go, they will be happy and successful,” concluded Das.