Calcutta: McDowell Mohun Bagan’s new coach, Santosh Kashyap, revealed his approach to the job in simple words on Friday. “I should enjoy the job first, then my players should enjoy it… Only then will the fans enjoy their team’s play,” Kashyap said.
Kashyap, a former national player, was officially named the chief coach of the club for the 2012-13 season, on Wednesday. Holder of an AFC A Licence, Kashyap coached Air India in the 2011-12 season.
Speaking a media conference held at the Bagan tent, Kashyap refused to agree that coaching in Calcutta is a tough job because of the tremendous pressure that accompanies the job on and off the field. “Pressure comes with fear… But I’m confident that whatever I’ve learnt as a player and a coach, I would be able to implement them successfully during my stint with Bagan. I’m thankful to the club for giving me the opportunity.”
When reminded that Bagan have been trophy-less for the last two seasons, Kashyap, who likes Pep Guardiola’s ways of managing teams, drew reference from the ongoing Euro to make his point. “Such things happen in football… In the Euro semi-final, Germany lost to Italy in spite of being the favourites… I have a balanced team at my disposal and I expect my players to put in their best effort. I’m confident that I can achieve my targets,” he said.
Speaking about targets, Kashyap is eyeing the maximum as he said that he would try to win each and every match. “Every coach has a target… I too have one — of winning every match this season.”
That coaching a star-studded team like Bagan is an entirely different ball game than overseeing matters at Air India, is not something that worries Kashyap. “I know it is a different challenge…With Air India, saving relegation was as big as winning the I-League… Here, I want to win the title… So it’s a challenge and I have to overcome it.”