At a press conference in Kolkata today, Mohun Bagan announced that erstwhile coach Satyajit Chatterjee had indeed submitted his resignation and did not wish to continue working for Mohun Bagan. The top officials of Bagan addressed the media, and named the new coach - Biswajit Bhattacharya.
Bhattacharya has already coached Mohun Bagan earlier, and was removed from the job in 2006. He was currently guiding the Calcutta Port Trust, but has returned to Bagan in their quest to reclaim their dwindling season. Bagan also hired a new physio, Dipesh Bhattacharya, and announced his appointment at the conference.
In a official press release, Bagan Secretary Mr. Anjan Mitra said, “Satyajit Chatterjee offered his resignation following a failure to win in the last few matches. We tried to convince him to stay back but he was firm in his decision.”
By releasing this statement Mohun Bagan club officials made it very clear that there was no pressure from the Bagan officials on Satyajit to quit. The club however, has retained the services of goalkeeping coach Hemanta Dora.
After this fiasco, questions were raised about whether the sacking of Karim Bencherifa was really essential, but the officials were confident in their response.
Senior club official Mr Debashish Dutta said, “In no way did we sack Karim. We were very happy with the stint that Mr Bencherifa had with us. It was a mutual agreement made by both the parties as some forces were not helping either the club or Karim to continue as the coach of our team.”
It might have been a U-turn of sorts by the club on the matter, but in any case, the officials seemed confident in Bhattacharya.
Speaking about the third MB coach in 55 days, Mr Mitra said, “Biswajit Bhattacharya had a good stint with the club in the past. Last time, he had resigned despite our disapproval . I am sure he will certainly improve the standard of the team.”
Whether that actually happens, remains to be seen, as the Merry-Go-Round in the coach's position continues in Kolkata Maidan.