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I-League 2017: East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan resigns; Armando Colaco to take over

8:05 PM IST 17/04/17
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East Bengal head coach Trevor James Morgan has sent his resignation letter, Goal can confirm.

Trevor James Morgan has stepped down as the head coach of I-League side East Bengal after a series of disappointing results of late, Goal can confirm. We can also reveal that Goan manager Armando Colaco, a familiar face at East Bengal, will take over from Morgan. 

The resignation from the 60-year-old follows a disastrous run of four losses in a row for the Kolkata side which included the massive defeat against arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the Kolkata Derby on 9th April 2017.

The run of defeats began from the month of March when The Reds and Golds fell prey to Churchill Brothers 1-2. Things got worse when Trevor Morgan and company lost to newbie Chennai City 2-1 away from home and the loss in the derby later on heaped pressure on the Englishman.

On Sunday afternoon, Morgan faced yet another defeat against DSK Shivajians which crushed the title hopes of the Kolkata outfit. This forced the Englishman to tender his resignation letter to the club.

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''I have got the resignation letter from Trevor (Morgan). I don't know about the future course of action. You should talk to the club secretary (Kalyan Majumder) to know about it," Santosh Bhattacharya, the football secretary who played the pivotal role in ensuring Morgan comes back for a second innings in Kolkata, told Goal on Monday evening.

East Bengal are now third on the table with 27 points from 16 fixtures, below title contenders Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan. Bhaskar Ganguly, Manoranjan Bhattacharya and Tushar Rakshit will oversee the practice sessions on Tuesday, following which Colaco is expected to take over. 

Colaco, the first I-League manager to guide an Indian team (Dempo SC in 2008) into the semi-finals of the AFC Cup, is expected to reach Kolkata on Wednesday. "I am coming to Kolkata day after tomorrow,' the veteran told Goal from Goa. 'I will be on the bench for the last two games. It will be a very tough job but I am ready to give it a try."