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Gaonkar back as Sporting coach

other Updated: Dec 15, 2009 23:07 IST
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Vishwas Gaonkar returned as Sporting Clube de Goa coach nine months after being dumped for losing the top spot to Mohun Bagan in the second I-League.

Gaonkar, 56, joined on Monday and won his first match of the Goa League, against Sesa Goa on Tuesday. He replaced Portuguese Roy Barreto, formerly with the Mohun Bagan academy. Sporting Clube finished second in the Goa League behind Dempo.

“No hard feelings, this is like a homecoming for me,” Gaonkar, a former defender and coach with Sesa Goa, told HT.

“I was offered the job on Sunday and since I was in touch with both the players and the management, I didn’t hesitate. The last nine months were the only time between 1970 and February, 2009, that I wasn't involved with football.”

Gaonkar said he would use the Federation Cup, beginning on Monday, to bond with the squad. “I am hoping to know the boys during our time in Assam.” Sporting Clube will be based in Silchar for the group league.

Under Goankar, Sporting Clube led the second I-League for 11 rounds but fell after defeats to Vasco and Mohun Bagan.