In one of the most frenetic finishes to a game, 3 goals were scored in 5 minutes with United Sikkim conceding two of those and having to settle for just a point against Air India, when the game seemed to be in the bag.
Needless to say, interim coach cum player, Bhaichung Bhutia sounded flustered at the post match conference, as he rued his side’s luck.
“I am extremely disappointed. We should have garnered at least 4 points from the last two games but 50-50 situations have gone against us. We have conceded almost 4-to-5 penalties this season, all of which could have gone the otherway. Today too, just like against Dempo, we conceded a late penalty and were made to pay for it. We have just not been lucky enough," he said.
However the former Indian International was also quick to point out the positives he gained from the game while also conceding their defense needs to be more organized. He opined, “I think we did create a few good chances, which is always a positive. However we need to improve on our defending.”
The United Sikkim FC co-owner also revealed that Nathan Hall, a 27 year old Australian with an AFC 'A' coaching license, may soon take-over as coach of the Snow Lions.
“We will have installed a new coach by 1st December. I cannot say the deal is 100% done with him (Nathan Hall), but we are close to reaching an agreement and it shall soon be confirmed.”
“While he is quite young, he has extensive coaching experience in Australia and Thailand amongst other places,” Bhutia added.
The striker also clarified Phillipe De Ridder’s role at the club, after the Belgian was moved into an administrative position following the 10-1 hammering at the hands of Prayag United.
“De Ridder shall now have no involvement whatsoever with the first team. He is more involved in administration and development of the club. Let’s see how it goes.”
Having had his first taste as a coach, Bhutia was non-committal when asked if he would like to occupy the hot seat of a club in the future, though he did reveal he would like to take his coaching badges soon.
“I would love to complete my AFC coaching licenses. I am not sure if I will go back into coaching full-time, but I would like to keep my badges ready for the future,” he concluded.
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