Stanley Rosario, who couldn't avoid relegation with Shillong Lajong last season, was named as the new Mohun Bagan coach earlier on Friday.
He was in charge of East Bengal for the first half of the 08-09 season so now he has returned to Kolkata to take over at another big club of the city.
While addressing the media after his appointment Rosario said, “I feel honoured to be given such an opportunity. I would like to thank the officials for showing faith in me. I love the city of Kolkata especially the people and their love for the game of football.”
Summarizing his previous season with Shillong Lajong, Stanley remarked, “It was a big challenge for me when I was at Lajong. Most of the players were inexperienced.
"Except Daniel Bidemi no one had a previous record of playing in the I-League so it was difficult. More over you cannot forget the fact that we won against five of the biggest clubs in the country and we had also reached the Federation Cup final where we lost on penalties despite playing without any foreigner.”
He had to part ways with East Bengal after getting knocked out of the Federation Cup semis. But looking back Rosario doesn't have any harsh feelings against the red and gold brigade
“I am a professional coach and it is common. At one go I am with one team and on the next moment I might be sacked. It happens all over the world so there is nothing new about it.”
Handling the coach’s post at Bagan can be tricky. Speaking about the huge responsibility he commented, “I feel I am on the hot seat. I know Mohun bagan is a big club with rich history and tradition. So I know my responsibility. Mohun Bagan has always been my favourite because of their uniqueness.”
The Bagan team consists of many home grown talents this time. Speaking about the squad he said, “I am very happy with the squad. Even in Lajong most of the boys were local talents. I am confident about the Bengali players as I know Bengali footballers are immensely talented.”
Mohun Bagan shall resume practice from 17th July and are expected to have a pre- season camp in Guwahati in August.
Stanley Rosario is also in discussion with the club to arrange for his support staff by bringing in an assistant coach and physio apart from having Hemanta Dora as the goalkeeping coach.