1/8/2019 12:49:35 PM (GMT+3)

Jamil faces tough task as Mohun Bagan coach

Jamil faces tough task as Mohun Bagan coach

KOLKATA: Newly-appointed Mohun Bagan coach Khalid Jamil will have his task cut out when the beleaguered side meet I-League champions Minerva Punjab here on Wednesday.

It will be Jamil’s first match as coach after he replaced Shankarlal Chakraborty following Bagan’s 1-2 defeat against Real Kashmir in the previous game.

But it will be interesting to see how Jamil revives the sagging morale of the team and their fans given the fact that Bagan has been struggling to stay afloat in the 11-team competition.

The green and maroon side, who are currently sixth in the tournament, have managed only four wins from 11 matches, and that’s something have pricked the pride of the Mariners.

The 41-year-old, who had earlier coached East Bengal, is aware of the challenges ahead.

“It’s a big challenge for me. I don’t want to think about the past. The main focus is to win tomorrow’s match against Minerva Punjab and bag full points,” said Khalid, who will guide the Bagan ship till the season-end.

To start off, the former India international will have to instill confidence in his team. The performance has been pedestrian, with their forwards have been wasteful inside the box while the back-line lacked self-belief and conceded silly goals against Real Kashmir.

When asked if he would make some changes in the team, Jamil said: “I’ll have a word with every player. I don’t believe in too many changes, but I’ll field the best possible team.”

Jamil was appointed as Bagan coach less than 48 hours since Chakraborty stepped down from the hot-seat.

“Shankarlal is a good coach. He had been a great job and guided Bagan well. I would not mind reaching out to him for the team’s sake,” he added.

In his second stint in the city, Jamil would also want to come up clean following the spate of controversies at East Bengal, where he was accused of misbehaving with the fans and coaching staff.

“I never misbehaved with anyone in my coaching career. Be it the fans or anyone. I’m a human being prone to making mistakes,” said Jamil, who had won the I-League with Aizawl in 2016-17 season.