Former East Bengal Coach Blasts the Red and Gold Management after Gokulam debacle
After the loss to I-League newbies Gokulam Kerala FC, the writing on the wall has almost become clear for Kingfisher East Bengal in this season’s I-League. Amidst news of fight in the dressing-room after the match and the team being jeered by own supporters while leaving the stadium, luck is not in the side of Khalid Jamil’s men by any mean.
.@GokulamKeralaFC come from behind and topple @eastbengalfc to notch up a landmark victory and in the process seriously dent the title chances of the Kolkata side. #HeroILeague #GKFCvKEB pic.twitter.com/O2vvYTOcmU
— Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) February 17, 2018
In a such sensitive juncture of the season, East Bengal’s former Belgian coach Philippe De Ridder has blasted the scouts, management and overall system of his former club and also accused the other Kolkata giant Mohun Bagan on same grounds. Ridder goes on to say,”May I ask who were the scouts who chose the East Bengal goalies? Where are the real defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder? Where are the attacking lateral defenders who can deliver a decent cross? Where is the 3-4 man striking force?”.
Besides criticising the recruiting policy of the Red and Gold, De Ridder has also shown his concern about the decreasing standard of the league and has also indirectly advocated for the much discussed potential merger of the existing top flight leagues. He said,”I see this league losing quality big time. Would a single top quality league with 16-18 teams be a solution? I believe so.”
East Bengal is currently standing on third position of the league table with 26 points from 15 games and they have to now rely upon any slip-ups by Minerva or NEROCA to come anywhere near the title. But for the time being, from the supporters to the footballing fraternity, none can seemingly show the confidence of keeping a bet on the Kolkata giants!