'When I came to Churchill Brothers, I had to remove groupism' - Subhash Bhowmick

Goal caught up with the Churchill Brothers' gaffer to get his thoughts on being nominated for the FPAI Best Coach of the Year award...

Churchill Brothers technical director, Subhash Bhowmick was pleased to learn of his nomination in the coach of the year category of the Football Players Association of India's (FPAI) Indian Football awards.

"It feels great. I am glad that I have been nominated by the fraternity for this award,"Bhowmick told Goal.

After starting his coaching career on a positive note where he won the league title as well as the ASEAN Cup with East Bengal, he had forgettable stints with East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar FC and Mohammedan Sporting.

“If you see, I never got enough time at the clubs that I managed previously. Since 2004, I have never got a chance to run a club for a whole season. As soon as there was a small sign of trouble I was removed by the club management. At Churchill I got my chance for a whole season and you can see the results, as we are the champions. It was the hardwork of the players and they listen to me honestly. They worked together very well," he explained.

When asked about his thoughts on the most important player for the club this season, the coach was dismissive and said, “No. I don’t believe in individualism. I believe the game is played with 11 players. A team game cannot survive on the shoulders of one, two or three players. Here players from No.1 right upto No.31 or 32 played their part whenever they were asked to. Every player has contributed to the success of the club. The players have done what they were told to and done it well. The seniors took the initiative and even the young players who have never played the I-League."

As a new manager at the club, there are always challenges that need to be faced. One such hurdle the new coach faced was of groupism.

“There were various groups between the players and I ensured that these groups were removed. The groups were also supported by the support staff. So I had to ensure that all players and staff were brought together under one umbrella.”

When asked about his plans for the future, Bhowmick responded, “I don’t think about the future. I like to live in the present. I don’t look beyond today. Life is like a river.”

“I am not thinking about it. I have been nominated. It would be an honour to win. It is upto the players now," he said when asked of his chances to win the coveted award.

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