I don't blame anyone - Former Prayag United coach Sanjoy Sen

The 51-year old recently resigned as head coach of Prayag United after the club hierarchy decided he was not the man for the job...
Prayag United have been in the news this summer in India thanks to their lavish spending leading to some star names arriving at the club, like Ranti Martins, Subrata Paul and Carlos Hernandez. Such spending will definitely put the pressure square on the shoulders of the coach to obtain favourable results and get them quickly.

The early exit from the Federation Cup and the alleged inability to manage the star names in the dressing room gave the club hierarchy the impression that Sanjoy Sen was not the man for the job and roped in the highly-acclaimed Dutchman Eelco Schattorie to take his place.

Sen was offered to stay on as coach with the Dutchman overseeing things from a technical role. Such an arrangement was not acceptable to the 51-year old coach and he resigned as a consequence.

Prayag United spent heavily to sign the likes of Ranti Martins

"I'm not one to blame or accuse anyone. I have to say that the club officials were very supportive and allowed me to work independently. But they have their hands tied to a certain extent," said Sen to The Times of India. "I also had a very good relationship with the players," he added.

Sen felt that his refusal to work under a technical director now was different from when he joined the club in 2010-11 when Subrata Bhattacharya was in a technical role.

"I was just coming into I-League coaching and Bablu da (Bhattacharya) is a very experienced coach. I wanted to learn from him. Now I want to work independently," reasoned Sen. "I don't want to work under someone I don't know. I could have if they were bringing in a coach of the stature of Arsene Wenger or Pep Guardiola," added the 51-year old.

Sen feels that he has done a good job in his stint with Prayag United. "We had set a target to finish in the top-five of the I-League last season and missed it by a whisker. But the number of points we gained was a club record," Sanjoy recalled.

"We could not do well in this year's Federation Cup and I take the responsibility for that failure. But we were in a very strong position in the I-League just three points off leaders Dempo SC. I don't think you can judge anything on the basis of just four matches. You need to realise that success is a process and it takes time," stressed Sen.

He has no regrets about his decision and has said that he will use this time to relax. "I'm sure I won't be out of action for long," he signed off.

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