Armando Colaco parts ways with East Bengal in tears

The most successful coach of the I-League era had the worst possible farewell as the club forced him to quit...

Armando Colaco, who had been in charge of East Bengal for the last 15 months, was forced to cut all ties with the club following a meeting with officials on Wednesday evening.

The exit was not a rosy one, as the 61-year old Goan tactician left the club premises in tears.

Goal had first confirmed a couple of days ago that Eelco Schattorie, the manager to take over the reins next, reached Kolkata on Monday night. With his arrival in the City of Joy, Colaco's days in East Bengal were numbered but the veteran chose not to comment on his future after the derby although he dropped enough hints about his departure.

On Wednesday morning, the coach sent a mail to club official Debraj Choudhury and agreed to attend a meeting with Kalyan Majumder, the secretary of the club. According to sources, it was decided in the meeting that Colaco will hand over the charge to Eelco on Thursday evening in a press conference. The former United Sports coach is expected to supervise his first training session on Friday.

No invitations of that aforementioned presser has reached the media till the early hours of Thursday morning though.

"I didn't want any disturbance. East Bengal have just got their form back and they can become the I-League champions. I didn't want that the rhythm of the team gets hampered for me. The club has decided that it would be better to change the coach. I agreed to that," the former Dempo coach told Anandabazar Patrika in an interview.

The saga of blatant lies by the East Bengal officials, however, continued as the secretary claimed that he was not aware of Schattorie arriving in Kolkata and added that Colaco remained the coach until any official announcement.