Stanly Rozario resigned as Mohun Bagan coach one day after they lost 0-2 to Churchill Brothers in the I-League and six months after taking charge pledging to make the club “national champions.”
Mohun Bagan will decide on Rozario’s resignation at a meeting on Tuesday, Debasish Dutta, the club’s finance secretary said. “I have heard senior players are saying that they and not the coach is responsible for the slump in performance.”
Inability to find a replacement with an A licence badge from the Asian Football Confederation — a mandatory requirement to stay in the I-League — could also be a reason in delaying accepting the resignation.
Among the names doing rounds are Belgian Philippe de Ridder, expected in Kolkata on Wednesday.
If Rozario goes, he will be the fourth coach to leave Mohun Bagan, now with one point from three rounds in the I-League, since Karim Bencharifa was replaced last February.
In his resignation letter to general secretary Anjan Mitra, which the club emailed released to the media, Rozario said:
“Since Mohun Bagan is a formidable club and top contenders in Indian Football, I want the Team should bounce back and bring back the winning attitude.”