I-League: Sanjoy Sen - Mohun Bagan can still be champions

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The 55-year-old believes that the Green and Maroon brigade could go on to win the I-League this season…

Sanjoy Sen decided to put in his papers after Mohun Bagan suffered a defeat to Chennai City FC 1-2 at the Bagan Maidan on Tuesday evening. The result leaves the Kolkata giants in the fifth position on the I-League table with ten points from seven matches.

At the final whistle, Bagan fans allegedly spat on Sen and called for the coach to step down.

“I do not know whether I deserve this public reaction or not, but it has been the case even with great coaches like Subrata Bhattacharya, Amal Dutta, Subhas Bhowmick and others. If you lose there is bound to be a negative reaction. Even Biswajit Bhattacharjee was also removed after he won the Calcutta Football League (CFL) as he was not successful in the I-League. Before I could have been sacked I think have taken a wise decision to step down,” said the experienced coach.

“(Jose) Mourinho was sacked after he became champion with Chelsea and the same was done with (Carlo) Ancelotti. But nobody has sacked me. I should not continue with this club after these results. I do not care what tags are labelled on me. As I said it is my personal decision to resign after Mohun Bagan have lost a home match. I leave rest of the analysis to the press. This is my final decision,” he added.

On being questioned if he was shocked to see fans react in a negative manner, Sen replied saying, "If I was not from Kolkata, I would have been hurt seeing the reactions of the fans. But I can say that this reaction is normal and nothing extraordinary. I believe Mohun Bagan can still be champions.”

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Sen explained that he failed to get positive results this season and that he had no alternative but to quit after their defeat to ten-men Chennai City FC.

“In three years, we have not lost home matches. I had already decided that I would quit after we failed to make a comeback even after drawing three matches. There are no ifs and buts and I think this is the right time to step down.

“Thanks to Mohun Bagan officials for granting all my demands and being supportive throughout. I accept that I have failed to deliver the kind of success that was expected of me. Right now, I don't have the mentality to work anymore in this club. I have announced my decision to the press and the press does not have the right to know to whom I have informed.”

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