KOLKATA: Former Mohammedan Sporting Club gaffer Mridul Banerjee has been appointed East Bengal’s coach for the remainder of the season, the club announced on Tuesday. Though Armando Colaco was strongly into the reckoning but coach Banerjee was preferred over the Goanese for the post.

Coach Banerjee – who had earlier been assistant coach at East Bengal – will assume his duties tomorrow and succeeds Trevor James Morgan, who stepped down as coach in the aftermath of East Bengal’s woeful performance in the ongoing I-League 2016/17.

The immediate task at hand for coach Banerjee is to see East Bengal make a strong finish in I-League after suffering four consecutive defeats. East Bengal (27 points) currently sitting third behind leaders Mohun Bagan (33 points) and second-placed Aizawl FC (33 points) in the league table and will host Minerva Punjab FC on Sunday before facing Mumbai FC away.

“Mridul Banerjee is a motivator and an organizer. He has coached a lot of top class players and we needed someone like him with a certain stature to coach our team,” said East Bengal official Debabrata Sarkar, adding that he believe coach Banerjee could “turn things around” for the team.

The former defender is a familiar face in Kolkata maidan, has coached Mohammedan SC from 2014 to 2016, during his two-year spell, the Black Panthers finished runners-up in the Calcutta Football League 2016/17 and he was named as the best coach of the league. Coach Banerjee has also led the Bengal State Football Team to it’s first Santosh Trophy truimph in six years at Goa last month.

“I wish to thank East Bengal officials for the opportunity they are giving me. Now I have only one way for returning their trust; squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.” said coach Banerjee.

 

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