Interview: David Robertson on extending his stay at Real Kashmir FC
David Robertson, the former Aberdeen and Rangers star has been in charge of the team from valley since 2017 while his son Mason Robertson plays for the same team as a defender.
The club’s official twitter handle recently announced that the father-son duo have extended their contract with Real Kashmir FC amidst rumours of David having talks with Bagan.
Under the guidance of David Robertson, the club gained it’s promotion to the top-flight in 2018 and became the first team from the valley to play in India’s topflight football league. The debut season for RKFC in I-League saw them finishing 3rd in the league defying all odds.
TalkSports 24X7 contacted David Robertson to know his take after extending his stay at Kashmir and the Scott spoke for the first time since the announcement of the extension of the contract.
● Talk Sports 24X7: What convinced you to stay at Real Kashmir FC?
○ David Robertson: I have a big attachment to Real Kashmir as I have been at the club from almost the beginning and have an emotional tie to the club and the people of Kashmir. It’s been an incredible journey and I feel there is still much more to come.
● Talk Sports 24X7: Were you offered or contacted by some other Indian clubs?
○ David Robertson: There was interest from few clubs in India and also from other countries but I feel I want to be a part of Real Kashmir going even further.
● Talk Sports 24X7: Now that you are staying with RKFC for another season, what new acquisitions are you looking forward to make?
○ David Robertson: We are talking to a few players we wish to recruit and have been successful so far in recruiting, we also aim to keep a large percentage of our existing squad.
● Talk Sports 24X7: What are your plans at the club keeping in mind that the top flight dilemma going on between I-League and ISL?
○ David Robertson: We are in the dark as to what the league format will be for next season. But we will be prepared to compete again and will have a very competitive team. We will have the best team we can and will continue our journey in Indian football.
● Talk Sports 24X7: As a coach, what’s your take on Mason Robertson and comment about how far he has developed as a player?
○ David Robertson: Mason in my opinion is a top-level player. He was one of the top players in the I-League and has had a lot of attention from ISL clubs. He is versatile and can play almost everywhere on the pitch which is an asset being a foreign player. His fitness levels have always been at their highest throughout his career.
● Talk Sports 24X7: Last But not the least, few words about Real Kashmir FC fans and any message for them?
○ David Robertson: I would like to thank every Real Kashmir supporter for all their support and encouragement for the past two seasons. They won us many points this season and I believe we have the most passionate supporters in the league. We at the club from owners, staff and players owe it to our fans to be even better next season.
In a situation where the future of I-League is not looking bright, the decision of a foreigner like Robertson to extend the stay at an I-League is a bold decision especially when there have been lot of issues regarding matches in Kashmir last season. Now it remains to be seen how the Scott builds his team for the upcoming season to challenge for the ultimate glory.