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The former Air India coach has accepted the blame for the Mariners’ poor start to the season…

Santosh Kashyap has succumbed to the pressure of the officials and fans of Mohun Bagan as the coach put in his papers after failing to register a point in the opening two games of the I-League.

The Green and Maroons have had a disastrous start to their season as they failed to go past the group stages of the Federation Cup. They failed to score against Churchill Brothers and were defeated by Air India only to register a consolation win over Mohammedan Sporting.

Their start to their I-League too hasn’t been encouraging as they lost to Shillong Lajong in their opening fixture before going down to Prayag United in a Kolkata derby.

The pressure mounted on Kashyap when during the half-time in the game against Prayag, fans attempted to get into the VIP box to harass the Mohun Bagan officials.

Later a fan group named ‘Mariners on the Move’ released a statement where they backed the club officials for their strategy but didn’t show the same faith in the coach, which was an indicator of the things to come.

Less than 24 hours later, Mohun Bagan released a press statement stating: “Mr. Santosh Kashyap, Chief Coach of McDowell Mohun Bagan has taken the responsibility of the Team's below average performance in current Season 2012-13 and has resigned today. His letter has been duly accepted by the Club Management.”

After having spent a considerable amount in the summer by brining over Tolgay Ozbey from East Bengal and important players like Nirmal Chettri, Bagan haven’t gelled as a team as yet and most of their players are short on fitness, for which Kashyap accepted the blame.

Meanwhile names of David Booth, former Mahindra United coach, Subrata Bhattacharya and Karim Bencherifa of Salgaocar FC are in the reckoning for the top job. The decision on the same is expected any time soon in the coming week.

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