'Whatever happens I will stay on at Prayag United' - Eelco Schattorie

After ending the I-League campaign on a promising fourth position, the Dutchman highlighted his realistic aspirations for next season...
Prayag United ended their campaign on a high note after beating ONGC 3-1 at the Kalyani Stadium and finishing on a creditable fourth position on the I-League table.

Coach Eelco Schattorie made it clear that the only thing that was of concern now, was the murky financial state of the club sponsors and owners as he hoped for a resolution soon.

"The only thing to be concerned about now is the financial state and I hope we can get out of this in a good way so that we can continue building the team," he said.

He also confirmed that he was staying on with Prayag to keep up the good work. He was candid enough to say that in all probability they would have less to spend the next season and going for the I-League title would be a difficult thing to do.

"Whatever happens I will stay with Prayag. Even if we have go down the budget we will try to make a good team. Probably it would be difficult to go for the championship next season but we will see what happens."

When questioned what would have been his target had he had the same amount of money at his disposal next season as this, Schattorie said that he would have made the title his holy grail, even if that sounded arrogant.

"Regarding if we did have the budget, this is not arrogant, according to what I had in my mind, we would go for the championship next year."

With the budget going down next season taken as a surety by the Dutch coach, he stressed that his prime objective would be to build a team for the future while he also failed to rule out a way out of this situation, hoping that it would not be as grim as it looks.

"Now it will be difficult as the budget will hundred percent go down next season. We will start building a team for the future. We will see how high we can come. I hope the sponsor can give some assurances regarding our situation in a few days and I hope that it is less worse than it looks like."

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