I-League: Vishwas Gaonkar Replaces Roy Barreto As The Head Coach Of Sporting Clube De Goa

It had to happen and it did at last...
Roy Barreto joins Subhash Bhowmick as the second I-League coach to be sacked this season as after seven rounds of I-League games, Sporting Clube De Goa are reeling at the 13th spot which is a far cry from the third place finish they had at the end of last season.

The Flaming Oranje couldn’t register a single victory in the I-League and conceded 13 goals in seven outings, which again was very un-Sporting like given that they jointly had the best defensive record last season.

When things don’t work, the tried and tested formulas always come handy which is exactly what the club owner Peter Vaz seems to have done. Vishwas Gaonkar, under whom Sporting finished the first phase of the I-League as leaders with seven wins from ten matches, has been roped in as the new coach and conducted his first training session on Monday morning.

But in the Federation Cup, Sporting’s form dipped considerably as they couldn’t go past the group stages and Vaz did a Roman Abramovich when he asked Gaonkar to step down for want of ‘samba’ football as he pointed that the brand of football his club played was very important for him.

"Yes, we have got Vishwas Gaonkar as the new head coach," said Sporting vice-president, Victor Fernandes.

Speaking to Goal.com, Vishwas Gaonkar was excited about his new tenure as he shall guide the team into the Federation Cup.

“It’s good to start all over again. I’m ready for the new challenge,” said Gaonkar excitedly.

Meanwhile, Roy Barreto refused to comment on his exit.   

Rahul Bali.

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