In a tumultuous revelation on Monday night, Sukhwinder Singh, technical director of football of I-League champions and Goa based side Churchill Brothers, has resigned.
It has been disclosed that the former India coach and JCT stalwart has taken full responsibility of his sides’ uninspiring start to the campaign in this year’s edition of the I-League and is said to have had an open hearted talk with the owners on the viability of his position at the club, after which he put in his papers.
“I have always shared a good, long term family relationship with Churchill Alemao and his family. They had a big belief in me and there were high expectations. But the team was not performing and we did not justify the expectations,” explained Sukhwinder, to The Times of India, after the dramatic unfolding of events.
Churchill have so far scored only one goal in an estimated three hundred and sixty minutes of football in the league and are currently languishing in eleventh place out of thirteen.
A winner of the inaugural National Football League in the 1997-98 season, Sukhwinder sought relief from his responsibility immediately after the loss to Mumbai FC at Duler Satdium, however, the management shunned away any such notion of him quitting so early on the season.
“The management clearly said to me, ‘you are not to be blamed individually’. They asked me to think over it, but after the Rangdajied United match (in Shillong), I again requested them to release me. After a mutual courtesy meeting, we decided to part with goodwill. I wish the club good luck for the remaining matches,” added an emotional Singh.
What Singh’s quitting has also done is that it has opened up a can of worms on the subsequent appointment to the post of technical director, with all fingers pointing to Subhash Bhowmick as a suitable replacement.
Bhowmick himself was non-committal adding, “I don`t know about that yet and I have not got anything. Even if offered to me, I will think over."
A perplexing requirement that will no doubt compound issue more for the Churchill management is the fact that all technical directors of clubs must be mandatory holders of an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) A-licence coaching badge from the 2014-15 season, as specified by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
A few eyebrows have thus been raised, as the likes of Bhowmick and Sukhwinder aren’t holders of the A-licence and thus may stand in this position for just one season.
Singh was at the hotbed of this issue when it was reported that the match commissioner of one of the games had banned him from the dugout, as he hadn’t had the mandatory qualifications required, a matter which was later resolved by the Indian FA adequately.
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