The derby debacle has claimed its first and perhaps only victim - Subhas Bhowmick.
The East Bengal coach resigned on Monday afternoon, ending a 10-month tenure whose high point, ironically, was a 3-0 victory over Mohun Bagan in the I-League on February 22 this year. East Bengal will meet on Tuesday evening to decide on Bhowmick’s replacement.
Bhowmick didn’t return calls but wrote to club president Dr Pronab Dasgupta, reportedly saying he didn’t want to continue and took full responsibility for the disastrous season so far. East Bengal exited from the first phase of the IFA Shield and the Durand Cup and after four matches are still looking for their first I-League win.
This is the second time in less than one year that a loss to Mohun Bagan has led to a change in coaches. Last December, Stanley Rozario was ousted following the Federation Cup semi-final which East Bengal lost 4-6 in the shootout.
Hailed as a dream merchant, Bhowmick was appointed on December 23. He started training on January 1, 23 days before East Bengal resumed their campaign in the second half of the I-League. What began with a 0-0 draw against Chirag United ended with a 3-5 reversal on Sunday. In between this stint was blighted by defeats to Tata Footall Academy and Lajong FC. East Bengal won five and drew six of the 20 matches under Bhowmick this time.
I-League: Today’s match:
Mahindra United vs Chirag United at the Cooperage, Mumbai.