The end for Falopa is nigh, as he gears up to manage one last game

Widely disliked by fans and players included, the Brazilian is expected to leave an unfulfilled legacy as he will exit the helm after just five I-League games in-charge….
Marcos Falopa, Brazilian coach of East Bengal, is expected to address the media as coach of the Red and Gold brigade one last time before he packs his bags and makes way for his replacement, who is still in the process of being finalized. The game against Peerless in the Calcutta Football League (CFL), on Wednesday could be his last at the helm of the club.

In the wake of a meeting with the club management, where certain issues regarding his compensation package etc. were hammered out, the 64-year-old is expected to leave on mutual terms.

East Bengal may have performed exceptionally well in reaching the semi-finals of the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Cup where they ended up losing to the defending champions, Al Kuwait 7-2 on aggregate, yet their I-League form shuddered with them having won and lost two apiece while drawing one despite having the strongest team on paper.

The Brazilian wasn’t helped in the fact that players never warmed up to him and often clashed on his tactics leading to a mutiny of sorts. Many believed they should have stuck to his predecessor, Trevor James Morgan’s recipe for success.

“We had a great team. We started the season well. But with Falopa’s experimentation, the players got demoralised. They got confused. They didn’t have a proper idea about their roles. Even when Philippe De Ridder or Carlos Perreira first came to coach in India, they took time to adjust, but Falopa just couldn’t prove his worth,” complained a club official to the Telegraph.

While there is swirl in the wind on who Falopa’s successor might actually be, the Brazilian himself seemed unperturbed by these developments as he held another training session before their match against their CFL opponents. He seemed to continue to talk about vital aspects for the club's continued success while shunning talk of his impending exit.

“I’m not concerned about all this. What concerns me more is how best we can deal with Peerless’ challenge," said Falopa.

“We are in talks with a lot of coaches. Armando [Colaco] and Trevor are definitely two of them. But we have to sort out a lot of issues before we finally arrive at a decision. Hopefully, we will name a coach before our next match against Army XI in the CFL,” explained a club source. 

Ex-India and Dempo SC coach, Armando Colaco meanwhile, has openly put up his hand for the job opining, “For a professional coach, pressure doesn’t matter. I know most of the players and their playing style. It won’t be a problem for me to adjust. I can get the team back in shape before the November 24 derby against Mohun Bagan if I take charge.”

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