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I-League: Trevor Morgan Hints At Leaving East Bengal

Monday, 10 April 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee
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With East Bengal losing the high-stakes derby 2-1 to cross city rivals, Mohun Bagan, a frustrated Trevor Morgan hinted that his time might be up at East Bengal. 

East Bengal lost the plot again at a crucial juncture of the league after a bright start to the league- a tale of almost every East Bengal's I-League campaign in the recent past.

Speaking of the result Morgan remarked that Bagan were the deserving side. "Mohun Bagan were the good side and they deserved to win tonight. I have got no complaints about that,'' he said.

Analyzing East Bengal's lapses in the game, Morgan stated that it was a near impossible task to bounce back from a 2 goal deficit after being reduced to 10 men. "Two-nil down, Willis does something absolutely ridiculous and gets sent off. Now, we are ten men down against a team that’s two-nil up, that’s very difficult. Had we got the goal maybe five minutes earlier, it would have been a better ending. It wasn’t meant to be."

The loss against Mohun Bagan have triggered the possibility of Morgan being shown the door by the East Bengal officials. When asked about his future in the club, Morgan remarked, "If the club is not happy with what I am doing, get rid of me. It’s pretty simple. That’s the same rule all over the world." The East Bengal gaffer also stated that he is not to be held accountable for the squad as he didn't choose the players, implying that it was the officials who hand-picked the squad. "I am responsible for picking the team. However, I’m not responsible for the squad. Let me make that clear- It’s right that I picked the team but I didn’t pick the squad. That was taken out of my hands. You need to know people’s character, what they can do in severe situations, how they can react. But when you are just given the set of tools and said to work with them, it’s very difficult," Morgan added.

 Morgan also hinted that he might not be in the dugout in East Bengal's next game. "I’ve got no idea about the next game. Let us reach back to Kolkata, you could be asking the question to someone else, next week," he voiced.

East Bengal gaffer also remarked that his players lacked the desire. "The dressing room is quiet, to say the least. We have had good opportunities before the game, we knew we had a good chance to finish tonight’s game on top of the league. But, we didn’t do it and I didn’t see enough desire," the former Blasters' assistant coach added. 

Morgan revealed that the preparation for the derby match wasn't up to the mark, "Last week has been one of the worst weeks of any football. I can’t say too much but we had a really crack preparation for the game last week. I can’t say because you’d say those are excuses. At the end of the day, the best team won and our preparation wasn’t fantastic."

As things stand, East Bengal are three points behind league leaders Aizawl FC, who are on 30 points. Though mathematically East Bengal are still in the title race, the gaffer believes that their arch rivals, Mohun Bagan have the edge now. "'I think it would be very difficult now to go for the title. I can’t see Mohun Bagan slipping now, they are a good side and have players who can turn over the game. They are well organized and they look to be the favourites in the league,'' he quipped.