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The former Dempo SC man is in frame to take over from Falopa at such an early stage in the campaign...

The tongues have started to wag. Armando Colaco, ex-India and Dempo SC coach, has been approached to take over from Marcos Falopa, less than five months after the Brazilian was handed over the top job at East Bengal.

“We have had detailed talks with Armando and he has agreed to take charge. It’s only a question of tying the loose ends and procuring his signature on the contract,” elucidated a source close to the matter to the Times of India.

“East Bengal officials have not as yet spoken with Falopa. They will do that only after getting Armando’s signature on the contract papers,” expounded another official.  

Colaco left Dempo SC last season on not so favourable terms and it has been revealed that he indeed was first choice to replace fan favourite coach Trevor Morgan. However, the East Bengal management backtracked to let a foreign coach Falopa take over the reins.

Falopa hasn’t covered himself in glory since his arrival, however and his feat of getting East Bengal into the semi-finals of the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Cup remains the only highlight. His relations with the fans and players can be best described as strained while East Bengal have endured a not so rosy start to the season despite having a strong team, possibly the best, on sheet.

Their latest game against Sporting Goa didn’t go according to plan either as a last minute own goal by Gonzalo saved the club’s blushes from what would have been their third defeat. The final decision on the matter is expected on Saturday at an official meet.


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