I-League 2017-18: Paulo Meneses calls Aizawl FC sacking unfair

Recently-sacked Aizawl FC coach Paulo Meneses revealed that he had the full backing of his dressing room...

Recently sacked Aizawl FC manager Paulo Meneses vented out his anger against the club management and termed his sacking as unfair. The reigning I-League champions parted ways with the Portuguese manager after a seven-game winless run.

Speaking exclusively to Goal, Meneses said, "This is completely unfair. Most of the experienced players had left. We had only youth players in our team and most of them did not have prior experience of playing in the I-League. We played the best brand of football. We just failed to put the ball in the net. We lost too many players with injuries. Moreover, our key player H Lalmuankima went on to join FC Goa after he played well with us."

Lalmuankima was an integral part of the Aizawl side this season and played in several games for the club. Impressed by his performance, Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa signed him during the winter transfer window.

The Portuguese further suggested that the board had unrealistic expectations from him given the strength of the squad available to him. "The level of performance the board is expecting with this team it is not possible to achieve with this team. I have always asked for better and experienced players. At times they did not feel the need to reply to my requests. Other times they simply lied to me. For example, they said they are in talks with an ex-East Bengal player but when I contacted the player, he said that nobody from Aizawl contacted him," said Paulo.

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Paulo Meneses reaction

He finally suggested that the entire Aizawl FC dressing room backed him and that he shared a very good rapport with the players. Meneses said, "I can confidently say that the whole team is with me. When I broke the news to them they were shocked and said that they will miss me."

The former Aizawl FC coach is leaving for Portugal later this week.