Trevor Morgan may land himself in a soup. Having left East Bengal at the end of last season stating that money wasn’t one of the reasons for him to not extend his contract, he was among the names mentioned by IMG-Reliance, the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) marketing and commercial partners, to national coach Wim Koevermans last Saturday when they informed him of the training plans for the players signed for their proposed IPL-style league next year.
However Morgan’s termination clause with the Kolkata outfit had a clause which stated that he could not take up a coaching role in India for at least a year.
“Look, we have a contract with Morgan which says that after he has left the club, he will not be coaching in India for a year. We have a good relation with him and we expect him to respect the contract. But if he chooses to violate the contract, then we will have to decide what our stance would be… If such a thing happens, the club will call a meeting before coming to a conclusion. Let’s see,” East Bengal official Debabrata Sarkar told The Telegraph.
“Our contract says that he can’t be associated with a coaching job in India… Be it for a club or any other institution.”
It must be noted that the IMG-Reliance’s initiative offers Morgan the flexibility to not spend close to 10 months in India, which was one of the reasons why he decided not to continue with his job at the Kolkata outfit.
“We are not aware of any such contract. And even if Morgan has such a contract, we believe that he would have certainly informed us about it. But if we zero in on Morgan and if such a thing comes in the way, it will be Morgan’s duty to get the clearance,” a source in IMG-Reliance was quoted saying.