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Bencharifa takes it in his stride

Calcutta: Though it hasn’t yet been officially declared, it’s more or less certain that Sunday will be Karim Bencharifa’s last day as the Mohun Bagan coach in his second innings at the club.

But Bencharifa doesn’t harbour any bitter feelings.

“If you expect that I will talk negative about the club, that will not happen. I respect Mohun Bagan. I have a strong attachment with the club. I’ve coached them for a quite a long duration of time. If you go by records, you’ll see that not many coaches have stayed that long in Mohun Bagan in the recent times.

Asked about reason’s for Bagan’s poor show, he said: “There can be 10-15 reasons why we didn’t win a trophy, and I’m one of them. Yes, I failed to give the fans a trophy. I wish it could be different. But that’s history at the end of the day.”

“You have to understand that to win trophies, you need the right ingredients… But I’m honoured that I could coach till the last day of my contract. Don’t be surprised if I’m back in 2015-16,” Bencharifa signed off.