Calcutta: East Bengal gave an ultimatum to coach Armando Colaco, on Friday. In an email to the Goan coach, the club said it has no issues with some of his demands but his wish of allowing him to be part of an ISL team or a pay hike would not be met.
“We are game with his demand for a dietician and a gym instructor. In modern football, these are mandatory. But when it comes to his wish to be part of the coaching staff of one of the Indian Super League teams and to take a five-week break for some personal work, then those are not feasible to us,” club director Amit Sen said on Friday.
Sen said the club is expecting a reply by Saturday, but if the reply doesn’t come by then, they will have a meeting on Tuesday where the club president Pranab Dasgupta also would be present.
A club source informed late on Friday that if Colaco doesn’t agree to the club’s terms and conditions then East Bengal will go for a foreign coach who has the experience of working in India. That means Tervor James Morgan or Karim Bencharifa could be in the scheme of things.
Meanwhile, Edeh Chidi is leaving the club after two seasons. “I am leaving with a heavy heart. I gave my best… Played through pain… Yet I was not offered a good contract. I have offers from some other clubs. And I will take a call very soon,” the Nigerian striker said.
Chidi scored a total of 58 goals in the two seasons he played for East Bengal.
If Chidi is taking the exit route, senior pro Deepak Mondal returns to the club after 10 years. “It’s a great feeling. I am returning to club with whom I won the Asean Cup 11 years back,” the former India defender said.
Elsewhere Subhas Bhowmick signed a one-year contract with Mohun Bagan, a media release stated.