BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Sukhwinder Singh has officially taken charge of Churchill Brothers as the technical director from the 17th of this month as he replaces Subash Bhowmick who successfully led the club to win the I-League.
The Red Machines are training on the artificial turf at the Chowgule ground and Singh explained the reasons for the same.
"We train here (at the Chowgule grounds) because you cannot train anywhere else in this rainy season. It is difficult to get the time slots also as the India U-19 team have also booked this ground for the entire year," the 64-year-old informed GOAL.
The only other artificial turf surface in Goa at the Duler football stadium in Mapusa plays host to the other three I-League clubs from the state, namely Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo SC, for the pre-season training.
Singh also admitted that it was both an honour and a challenge to take charge of the defending I-League champions, while conceding that the team has to win at least one trophy in the coming season, except for the void of losing their AFC Cup berth to Pune FC.
"It's an honour to be part of a champion team. At the same time, it's a challenge also," he said. "That's what I noticed and I know both the things - you cannot be more than champions, as the expectations will naturally be there, but it's more difficult to maintain that tag of being champions.
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"Targets are there. We will sit together and try things the best possible way. The Goa League, I-League, Federation Cup - these are all our targets and we cannot choose among either of them. We have to win at least something,” Singh added.The former India U-23 coach also stated that he is satisfied with the way things are progressing at the club given the respect the Alemao family have for his work over the years.
"The Churchill family has treated me very well throughout my career and now it's taken a professional turn to the same relationship that I share with them," he expressed.
"I have done a few sessions of training with the team so far," the veteran continued to talk about the progress of his side's pre-season. "The response [from the players] is good. The team will develop in a nice way as I can already see some signs of improvement in the boys who are taking part. The three foreigners are training with the club for now.
“Henri [Antchouet] will be with the club for his third year and it will take some time for the two new players (Eurípedes Amoreirinha and Hugo Machado) to adjust to the new system, but the fact that they all (foreigners) speak Portuguese does help," he pointed.
The club is yet to rope in an Asian player and Singh stated that they are yet to take a call on the same.
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