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I-League 2018-19: Shankar Lal Chakraborty resigns as Mohun Bagan coach

3:19 PM GMT+4 06/01/2019
Sankarlal Chakraborty Mohun Bagan I-League 2017-18
The Mohun Bagan coach confirmed after the match against Real Kashmir that he has decided to quit from his post...

Mohun Bagan coach Sankarlal Chakraborty has informed the club officials that he wishes to resign from his post after The Mariners suffered defeat against Real Kashmir FC at home on Sunday.

After the match, Sankarlal said, “I have conveyed the officials that I want to resign. I feel that I am not able to turnaround the fortunes of the team. So I have decided to leave.”

Chakraborty also mentioned that he never wanted another foreign defender and reminded that Mohun Bagan are used to playing with one foreign central and one Indian defender.

He said, “Mohun Bagan always had one foreigner and one Indian defender. Belo (Rasaq), Luciano (Sabrosa), Eduardo (Ferreira),(Eze) Kingsley, and one Indian defender. We did not get Sukhdev (Singh) as he got injured. I am not being able to do anything. I have already told the club that I don't want to stay. The team has quality but maybe I am not able to recognise it.”

He further added, “When Pep decided to leave Bayern, he announced it a year ago. If the club asks me to stay for the rest of the season, we will discuss. But I have let my decision known to the club.”

Later in the day, Mohun Bagan officially announced that they have accepted Shankar Lal Chakraborty's resignation and a new coach will be announced soon.

Their official statement read, This is to bring to your kind attention that Mr Sankarlal Chakraborty has decided to step down from the post of Head Coach of Mohun Bagan senior team. He informed about his desire not to continue as the head coach to the Club management post-Mohun Bagan’s 2-1 defeat in today’s Hero I-League match against Real Kashmir FC. He also conveyed the same in the post match press conference.

We understand and respect his decision. The club management accepts his decision and would like to thank him for all the success and hard work he has done being in charge of the senior team for the past years. We wish him all success for his future endeavours.

The announcement in regard to the appointment of the new Head Coach will be made shortly.

Mohun Bagan's poor form at home continued as they tasted their second defeat in Kolkata. They have played five matches at home so far in the I-League and drawn two and lost two matches. Their only win came against Shillong Lajong.

The Kolkata giants remain at the fifth position on the league table after today's defeat as the gap between them and the league leaders Chennai City FC increased to nine points.

They next face Minerva Punjab at home on January 9.