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The former East Bengal coach played a major hand in the team winning the I-League, but is not sure of whether he will stay at Churchill or not...

Great coaches are the ones who take defeat in the stride and answer their critics in the best way, winning. Subash Bhowmick is one such person who did that with aplomb with Churchill Brothers. The 64-year old, who had once guided East Bengal to numerous honours.

After undergoing a succession of clubs, Subash finally has returned to his winning ways at Churchill Brothers with whom he won the I-League title of 2012-13. It broke the trophyless streak for the veteran coach which had been going on for the better part of the decade.

“I was here for my first year. Last year I came in the month of March, and I had only two month [before the season]. This is my first year with Churchill,” said Subash to Goal.

The coach however refused to get sucked into the euphoria of winning the title.

“Nothing excites me, nothing rejuvenates me at 64. I was in the senior football [scene] for 42 years. So many laurels, so many mistakes and so many failures,” said Bhowmick.

When asked about how he was looking to build on this for next season with the Red Machine who will also be competing in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, the former East Bengal gaffer remained non-committal.

“I don’t know, I don’t know what I’m going to do after 31st of May,” he remarked. Subash was also unsure of whether he would remain with the Goans next season.

“I don’t know. May be, may not be. Who knows! Who has seen tomorrow? I have not seen,” he quipped.

The coach revealed how he reacted when Churchill scored the needed equalizer in the 72nd minute against Mohun Bagan.

“I was not running away. I was there, but I could see what Karim [Bencherifa] did. He brought three central midfielders - Manish [Maithani], [Quinton] Jacobs and [Denson] Devadas - so I was shouting for one guy to drop down. Now that you scored the goal, now come down and slow down the game,” said Subash.

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