Vivek Nagul in advanced talks with Mohun Bagan

The Mariners are in search of a head coach who can fulfill the license criterion and the former Pune FC assistant coach seems to be the favourite.

Mohun Bagan have entered the final stage of talks with Vivek Nagul to appoint him as their head coach for the next season, Goal can reveal.

Nagul, who was the assistant coach of the Azam Football Club, the outfit that won the Tanzanian league this year, also had stints with Mahindra United and Pune FC before going away to the African nation to assist former Pune FC gaffer Stewart Hall.

"I am having talks with Mohun Bagan. Nothing has been finalized yet. Subhash Bhowmick called me up to congratulate me for my success in Tanzania and we exchanged some ideas about Indian football. Then they got my CV and we have been in talks from then," the UEFA A coaching license holder told Goal.

"Bhowmick is the technical director and he is probably looking for someone who can help him in running the show. I now have experience of running a club as well and I think that will help me," the Pune-based 44 year old coach added.

However, when quizzed about the development, Bhowmick surprisingly denied having held any talks with Nagul.

"Regarding the question you asked, my answer is no," was Bhowmick's reply after Goal asked him whether he was having discussions with the former Mahindra United assistant coach.

Mohun Bagan have now gone almost four years without a major trophy and will be going all-out to win a silverware this time around.