Calcutta: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) guidelines might bar Subhas Bhowmick from coaching an I-League side regardless of the fact that it was he who guided Churchill Brothers to their second title.
But the veteran coach is back with the job that keeps him in the higher ranks of the Indian football fraternity. On Tuesday, the IFA coach’s committee named Bhowmick as the technical director of Bengal in this season’s Santosh Trophy.
The venerable coach will be getting his papers on Wednesday as he intends to get on with his job as early as possible. “The IFA secretary requested me to take up this job.
“Utpal Ganguli told me, ‘The I-League hasn’t been coming to Bengal for quite a long period. We couldn’t win last year’s Santosh Trophy as well.
“So we would like you to take charge and ensure that the Santosh Trophy, at least, comes to Bengal.’
“I simply couldn’t turn him down thereafter… I readily agreed,” Bhowmick said.
“I’ll be getting my papers tomorrow. I’ve told Ganguli that I want to start working as early as possible, rather from Thursday itself.
“The I-League footballers are not allowed to play in Santosh Trophy. So you have to get your job done with players plying their trade in local football — starting from the premier to the fifth division leagues.
“Now the job becomes easier when you have a spotter assisting you in selecting players from these many divisions,” he explained.
Bhowmick himself could be one of the spotters to scout talent from the CFL Premier Division matches.
For Bhowmick, though, congratulatory messages will matter only if Bengal win the title under his guidance. “I don’t think it’s of any use to congratulate me now.
“Wish me only when Bengal lift the Santosh Trophy. My job begins now and I have plenty of work to do,” he stressed.
Bhowmick will be assisted by former India striker Sisir Ghosh as coach and Gautam Ghosh as the goalkeeping coach.
“I came to know about my appointment from the media. IFA officials haven’t told me anything about it yet.
“Nevertheless, as a coach, you always want to see your team win all matches. So I, too, will do my job to the best of my abilities,” Ghosh said.