On Thursday, it was official that the Goan coach would no longer continue to remain in-charge of the affairs at Mahindra United after four successful years.
Speaking to Goal.com, Derrick said, “It’s hard for me to leave Mahindra United after having won everything here but the decision is due to personal reasons. I had aimed to win the I-League and the Federation Cup this season in order to play the AFC Cup. Sadly, that didn’t happen for various reasons.”
Mahindra United have won all the trophies Indian football has to offer under Derrick and enjoyed their best phase in the last four seasons. They even managed to reach the AFC Cup quarterfinals in the 2007 edition.
Every year, there has been a steady inflow of two trophies with the Red Devils being in contention to do the same this season as well with two games to go in the Mumbai League.
“Yes, every year there have two trophies. I have had an excellent phase here,” added Derrick.
When queried about his future, Derrick maintained that he doesn’t have any concrete offers.
“I don’t have any concrete offers as such. If I feel that there is a right opportunity and at the right place then, I shall think about it.”
Speculation is rife that Derrick Pereira would soon join the ranks of his former club Salgaocar SC where Clifford Chukuwama is also amongst the contenders for the job of the chief coach as it's unlikely that their management would continue with Stanley Rosario.