United Sikkim must be doing the best in recovering the revenue – Bhaichung Bhutia

The Snow Lions’ co-owner stated that his club is amongst the few who do well in recovering the money invested…

United Sikkim may have been poor in their on-field performances in the i-League in their debut season which has seen them get relegated but certainly off-field they have fared well relatively.

While clubs in India continue to lose money each season, United Sikkim have managed to recover at least a quarter of the invested sum.

"I think after Shillong Lajong, my club must be doing the best among I-League sides in revenue earning. We recovered at least 25 per cent of our revenue from gate tickets and merchandising," said Bhutia.

The Sikkimese Sniper accepted that his side could have fared better had he himself been involved in signing the players over the summer.

“One mistake I made was I should have been more involved with the signing of the players. I left it to the coach completely, which still does not work in India since he was a foreign coach

"Of course, it`s disappointing that we are facing the prospect of being relegated. There is nothing we can do about it now. We did our best but it turned out that it was not enough," he mentioned.

"So, we have to play in the second division and we will try to bounce back in the I-League first division as soon as possible. As far as the squad is concerned, there is no immediate plan to buy any player. But let the season end and a new one begin and we will think whether to buy new players or not," he further added.

Dubai-based Fidelis World, who are part of the Board of Directors at United Sikkim, are yet to confirm their association with the north eastern club for next season.

"I hope they continue to be associated with us. But they don`t invest in our club, they have members in the Board of Directors. We run the club mostly from the money from the sponsors."

Bhaichung also spoke of his desire to start an academy in his native state, something which he has been planning for long.

"I am working on setting up a football academy. Nothing has been decided as yet. But since our club is based in Sikkim the preferred place for the academy is Sikkim or some other place in the Northeast.

"But it can be in another big city, it depends on the availability of land for setting up the academy," he stated.

Bhaichung has been named in the Technical Committee of the AIFF alongside former India players, Henry Menezes, Parminder Singh, and Prasun Banerjee, along with former state association officials, Lalnghinglova Hmar and Savio Messias.

“During my playing days, the players even didn`t know whether there was a Technical Committee of the AIFF. We had not heard of it.

"I also heard that the Technical Committee met once in three years. But I don`t want this to happen. It will be my challenge to ensure that the Technical Committee play a big role in the development of Indian football.

"The AIFF should use the services of the Technical Committee members and get benefits. And we are ready for our contribution for the good of Indian football," he opined.

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