Only days after successfully winning an I-League title with Churchill Brothers, club Technical Director Subhash Bhowmick has put in his papers on Tuesday.
“I am not continuing with Churchill. I have already communicated my decision to boss Churchill Alemao,” Bhowmick told The Times of India. Bhowmick’s future along with many of the players was unsure despite bringing the I-League title to the club after a gap of 4 years. Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic, who won the title with Churchill in 2009, suffered a similar fate when he was not offered a contract extension.
However it is learnt that frequent clashes of opinion between Bhowmick and supremo Churchill Alemao led to the decision. The veteran coach had apparently had the final straw when Alemao stopped Bhowmick twice from making substitutions in the game against Mohun Bagan after which Churchill were confirmed as champions.
The former East Bengal coach was no doubt peeved and reportedly muttered the choicest of expletives and stormed off to the technical bench before being coaxed back to the touchline.
There will no doubt be many takers for a coach of Bhowmick’s stature as both the Mohameddan Sporting and East Bengal positions up for grabs for next year.
“I don’t know about my next stop. Let’s wait and see,” said Bhowmick, who will be attending the Indian Football Awards, organized by the Football Players Association of India (FPAI) in Mumbai on Thursday. Bhowmick is among the nominees for the best coach award.
Meanwhile Churchill Alemao is unperturbed by Bhowmick’s resignation and said that he had not decided upon the new coach.
“Bhowmick is free to continue with the club if he wants to, but if he chooses to opt out, I am okay with that as well,” said Alemao on Tuesday. The boss has received offers from agents offering the CV’s of foreign coaches, but it is rumoured that one from an Italian coach has evoked a closer look by the club management.
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