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The former Mohun Bagan coach has taken charge of the Oilmen until the end of the season hoping to save them from going down…

ONGC have parted ways with Subrata Bhattacharya and have appointed Santosh Kashyap as the head coach until the end of the season. After having garnered a mere seven points from their 11 games, ONGC are at the bottom of the league table.

“Subrata Bhattacharya wanted to go and he had some family problem, which is what we wrote to us. I agreed to it and decided to part ways with a smile,” said Bibek Bhowmick, the ONGC manager, told Goal.com.

In the 2010-11 season, Air India had only three points to show after the opening six matches. Under Kashyap, they went onto collect another 21 points from the next 20 matches to avoid the drop. The following season was his best as he guided the Airmen to ninth position on the table with 32 points. The 46-year old was named as the coach of Mohun Bagan at the start of the current season. However after an early exit from the Federation Cup, he mutually parted ways with them.

“I have requested Santosh Kashyap to take charge. Hopefully he will in the technical area for our next match (against Shillong Lajong ). I like him as a person and his approach. I appreciate the manner in which he deals with the players. He has a fair relationship with them,” he added.

“My objective is to save relegation and try to get the team into the top seven. The gap between the bottom-placed sides and seventh placed side (Pailan Arrows at 14 points) is just seven points. I think the players are talented and we can achieve our target,” said Kashyap.

Kashyap’s first test will be against Desmond Bulpin’s Shillong Lajong this weekend in Delhi and the former Air India coach is confident going into the tie.

“Lajong are always a good side. We will try to win this game,” he mentioned.

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