Indian football is set to lose another influential figure in the form of East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan who has announced that he would be leaving the Kolkata club at the end of the season. The Englishman, who is based at Perth in Australia, has cited the need to spend time with his family as the reason behind his departure. Morgan’s announcement comes on the back of Pailan Arrows coach Arthur Papas’ decision to leave the All India Football Federation (AIFF) developmental side after the ongoing season of the I-League concludes.
“I have a family in Perth who want me back now. I have hardly spent time with them in the past three years. Money is not everything in life for me. I’m not leaving East Bengal for money. It’s just that my priorities have changed. I want to spend more time with people who care about me. I can’t be happy here by leaving them unhappy back home,” Morgan said to The Times of India on Monday.
The Englishman who took charge of the Red and Gold in July 2010 oversaw their return as one of the top teams in the Indian football circuit. He led the club to a Calcutta Football League Premier Division title before putting down his papers at the end of last season over disagreements with the club officials regarding new signings. The officials submitted to his demand and Morgan continued as manager of the Red and Gold leading them to a Federation Cup title in 2012.
However this time the 56-year old has made it clear that there will not be any changes in his decision. “No. It’s more or less final. I told the officials when we were in Vietnam for the AFC Cup and some of the senior players. I have seen my wife for just eight days since last July. I have grandchildren. Mentally I will not be able to give 100 per cent if I stay for one more year. People have to understand my position,” said the man who has never stayed for three years in any club during his playing days as well as coaching career.
Morgan has an exit clause in his contract that prevents him from managing another club in India. It is known that club officials will sit down for talks with Trevor after the I-League club play Tampines Rovers in an AFC Cup group stage game.
“I have been at East Bengal for three years. It’s now time to move on. I need a break from football,” he said.
The former Bolton Wanderers player was pleased with his team’s ascent ever since he took charge in 2010.
“When I first came here in July 2010, the club was in bad shape. Transforming the side from one which finished ninth in the I-League the previous year to one of the most consistent teams in Indian football has been quite an achievement. Things have changed at the club. We now have an excellent dressing room, good showers and gymnasium. I wish it had happened a bit faster,” remarked Trevor.
With East Bengal in the hunt for the I-League title, something which Morgan has not managed to win during his time at Kolkata, the players will look to put in their best to give the perfect farewell gift for their departing coach.
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