Kolkata: Lashing out at his detractors
after being removed as Mohammedan Sporting coach, Dronacharya
awardee Syed Nayeemuddin said he was betrayed and stabbed from
The former India coach was fired post the second division
I-League club`s failure to go past the Federation Cup
qualifiers. "I have been betrayed from all quarters. I have
been stabbed from behind," Nayeemuddin said.
Expressing his disappointment over Sporting goalkeeping
coach Humayun`s conduct, Nayeemuddin said, "Nobody knew about
him. I brought him here, made him the goalkeeping coach. But
he went against me, said many things behind my back. I`m
really disappointed with the way things have folded."
Urging the Kolkata clubs to follow the Goan model,
Nayeemuddin said clubs should stop firing coaches after a few
bad results. "Coaching is not magic. You need some time to
build a team. I needed minimum three years to achieve better
The business of changing coaches should be changed. Look
at Goa," he said referring to Armando Colaco`s tenure at
"Look at Odafe, he went from here and look where he is
now. I am a born fighter. I don`t know what future has in
store for me. How can you erect a building without a strong
base," he asked.
Under Nayeemuddin, Sporting lost to Oil India 1-3 in the
decider of the Federation Cup qualifiers in Silchar on
September 15, besides the 0-5 humiliation by East Bengal in
the Calcutta Football League.
Frustrated with Nayeemuddin`s methods, some of the
players had reportedly claimed that he had no idea about
modern coaching methods and was not ready to upgrade himself.