Internal Strife Causing Havoc For East Bengal
One defeat and East Bengal are a divided camp. They managed only 2 points out of the possible 9 in their last 3 outings. First, they were held to a goalless draw by arch-rivals, Mohun Bagan in the Kolkata Derby, followed by a 1-1 draw against Shillong Lajong. Then they suffered their first defeat of the season against the dark horse, Aizawl FC in the Round 10 encounter.
Despite this, they are still top in the pecking order, levelled on points with Mohun Bagan, who have played a match less.
But the impatient attitude of fans and officials alike came out in the open, following results of these three matches, reports suggest that, the East Bengal camp has been divided, both in the dressing room and in the management.
After the defeat against Aizawl FC, there were apparently confrontation among players in the dressing room. Lalrindika Ralte, who has been captaining the team this season, was reprimanded by Mehtab Hossain for smiling in front of the camera despite the defeat. Ralte shot back at him saying they were fans from his home state and there was nothing wrong in it.
Off the field, even larger cracks have begun to appear after the club general secretary Kalyan Majumdar gave an explosive interview to a Bengali Daily, stating that there is no chance for East Bengal to win the I-League trophy this season.
Not only was he venting out his rage, he also held several big names in the management guilty of messing it all up, which included football secretary Babu Bhattacharya.
Even coach Trevor James Morgan was not spared, as he questioned the Britisher’s ability to motivate the team and get the best out of them.
Under such circumstances, it won’s be surprising to see Morgan putting in his resignation after the Bengaluru FC match this weekend. This resignation issue has already been doing the rounds in Social Media.
Morgan is apparently tired of the blame-game and the unprofessional attitude of the club, and thinks he has lost the dressing room since the players are not responding to him anymore.
It will be interesting to see how this episode pans out, as the ones who suffer the most from this are the East Bengal fans themselves, who travel with the squad week in and week out to support them and have been waiting to win the coveted title for 13 long years now.