Calcutta: Irrespective of whether the players like Marcos Falopa’s coaching methods or not, East Bengal club officials stand beside the Brazilian.
Extending full support to Falopa, a top East Bengal official said the coach’s decision is always final and it’s the players who need to adapt to his ways.
“The coach always has the last word in our club… This time, too, it won’t be any different.
“Falopa has all the rights to formulate his strategies. It is for the players to execute them. They have to adapt to his methods,” the official said.
The players, particularly youngsters and foreigners, haven’t found it very easy to come to terms with the coach’s methods and strategies. Now, if they are uncomfortable in coping up with the tactics, wouldn’t it affect the performance of the team?
“If we don’t get the desired results, the coach will also be held responsible. But Falopa being an experienced campaigner, we believe he will steer the team towards the right direction,” he retorted.
According to senior pro Alvito D’Cunha, the team is very much on the right track. “We have an excellent team. We are hoping for good results this time around as well.
“The inclusion of the likes of James Moga and Ryuji Sueoka has strengthened our squad. The coach is working very hard so that we can achieve the desired results,” Alvito stressed.
On Thursday, club assistant secretary Shantiranjan Dasgupta visited East Bengal’s training session to sort things out between the players and Falopa.
“Things are absolutely fine with the players and the coach. There’s not even a month to go before we play our AFC Cup quarter final.
“So far we haven’t played any competitive match before this crucial encounter. So it’s imperative that the fitness levels of the players are really high. That is what the coach wants… And rightly so,” Dasgupta emphasised.