Bastab Roy, the assistant coach of ATK, is in talks with East Bengal for the upcoming season. Roy will succeed Khalid Jamil, who was sacked at the end of the season, and will work with Technical Director Subhash Bhowmick.
"I have been approached by the club. Yes we are in the process. But nothing has been finalized yet. Bhowmick da called me and offered me (the position). But I cannot say anything until the club makes a press release as there are many other candidates," confirmed Roy to Goal.
Roy holds an AFC A-License in coaching which will help East Bengal meet the eligibility requirements to participate in national leagues and tournaments.
Khalid Jamil was axed after a subpar performance in the I-League and failure to win the Super Cup where the Red and Golds were beaten 4-0 by Bengaluru in the final.
Roy has tasted success with ATK when the Sourav Ganguly co-owned side went on to lift the Indian Super League (ISL) title in 2016 under the guidance of Spaniard Jose Molina.
It was reported earlier that the former Mohun Bagan player held a secret meeting with Bhowmick and top official Debabrata Sarkar. Gift Raikhan, Santosh Kashyap and Derek Pereira were the three other names that were doing the rounds.