Former Philippines and Pakistan goalkeeping coach, Per Henrikson, who had taken over in a similar capacity with Prayag United at the start of the season, has resigned from his position at the club. In his final assignment will be Prayag United’s game against East Bengal on 16th December.
Confirming the news and hinting at the reasons that forced him into taking this step, Henrikson told Goal.com, “I didn't travel (with the team) or sit on the bench in my role as a goalkeeper coach. I resigned on Wednesday, the 5th of December to pursue other opportunities, and will finish after the East Bengal match on the 16th. The club has been good with me and promised to release all of my owed money.”
“I am really going to miss (working with) these keepers, yet it is time to move on. I truly did enjoy living in India and would welcome work with another Indian club in the future where I can work as a goalkeeper coach," he added.
Prayag United club official, Nabab Bhattacharya revealed that the American national resigned in search of a fresh challenge and stated, “The reason for his resignation is he wants to move on for other opportunities.”
Bhattacharya refused to delve further in the issue, as reports had earlier claimed that the goalkeeping coach was discontent with not being allowed to take his place on the sidelines during games, nor was he permitted to travel with the squad for away ties.
The club official was evasive and replied, “Well I have given you the official reason for his resignation. Everyone has to go according to the system that is in place, and we all have to follow it.”
Having sacked Sanjoy Sen earlier in the season, Henrikson’s decision to move on represents further instability at the club, which is currently on a 4-match winless streak.
Prayag United had earlier last week been linked to a move for Ghana’s FIFA U-20 World Cup winning coach Sellas Tetteh, whom they are looking to bring in for a role with their youth sides.
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