Mumbai FC Sack Santosh Kashyap

Saturday, 18 March 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee

I-League strugglers Mumbai FC have sacked coach Santosh Kashyap. The club confirmed the following in an official statement today.

The speculation had been mounting for quite some time now, with the club enduring a horrific season. 

Mumbai FC management had conveyed their decision to Kashyap on Thursday.

“While the management was happy with the changes he brought about in the training methods, the results simply didn't go in his favour. He just had to go,“ a source revealed. 

Mumbai are currently languishing at the bottom of the table with a dreadful streak of 12 winless games including 5 draws and 7 losses - the latest defeat being a 5 goal drubbing at the hands of DSK Shivajians. 

Kashyap, however, made a promising start to his Mumbai FC career, winning his first two matches. It didn't take long for the bubble to burst as Mumbai suffered a thumping 3-0 loss to Bengaluru in their third game. 

A string of poor results followed by rifts with some of the players saw Kashyap suddenly falling out of favour with the team and the fans. The resentment of the fans towards Kashyap reached a boiling point as the fans chanted anti-Kashyap slogans during their recent home outing against Minerva Punjab.

Kashyap retaliated by questioning the upbringing of the Mumbai FC fans moments after his side suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of DSK, something which infuriated the fans even more. "They(the fans) are from good families so that’s disrespectful. I believe their upbringing is a problem. They should understand that you must respect everyone in this field. I am also trying my best," Kashyap said.   

With the shadows of relegation looming over Mumbai FC, it was just a matter of time before the Mumbai FC management wielded their axe on Kashyap. 

The club have been on the lookout for a new manager with David Booth, Oscar Bruzon, Karim Bencherifa and Stuart Watkins being the ones shortlisted for the post.