Bhattacharya, Chirag United at loggerheads

Updated: Oct 11, 2009, 22:24 PM IST

Kolkata: The relations between Subrata
Bhattacharya and his employer Chirag United SC are getting
sour after former India footballer`s outburst against top
clubs of the city.

Bhattacharya had yesterday blasted Mohun Bagan and East
Bengal officials for failing to groom new talent which he
claimed was a factor in downfall of the game in Kolkata.

Chirag United SC took an excpetion to his comments and
warned the former India defender.

Reacting to the warning, Bhattacharya did not turn up
for practice for today and has now demanded a fresh contract
for his coaching stint with Chirag United.

"We have given him 48 hours deadline to join the side
before our match (against Air India on October 13). He was no
doubt a very good footballer in his playing days, but I
believe there is something wrong with his brain," Chirag`s
chairman Kaustuv Roy said.

"He has used the platform of our club to malign other
clubs. This is not the culture of our club," he added.

He further said Bhattacharya was employed with the club
on a good relation and there was no paper work.

"If he does not turn up, we have many in line to take up
his role. Last season, we paid him Rs 75,000 per month and
this time we hiked his monthly salary to Rs 90,000. It`s up to
him," Roy said.

Roy went to the extent of saying that even if
Bhattacharya leaves the coaching job, it won`t affect their
team which had registered two wins from two matches so far in
the on-going I league.

"Our players are matured to know their role," he said.

An adamant Bhattacharya on the other hand refused to

"I don`t want to be taught what is to be said or not. I
will join them only after I get official contract."

At a time when city giants, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal,
are struggling to register a win, United SC stunned the
green-and-maroon brigade in their first match and then beat
Mumbai FC to notch six points from two matches.

United SC take on Air India in their round three match at
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (YBK) on October 13.

Bureau Report