My focus is to save my job: Bhowmick

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010, 22:01 PM IST

Kolkata: Roped in as Mohun Bagan`s
technical director after the exit of Stanley Rozario, Subhas
Bhowmick today said his first aim was to save his job before
promising any long term success to the club.

Talking to reporters after taking charge as technical
director of the club which has not won in three matches in the
I-League, Bhowmick said, "My first focus is survival and
existence."

He said he was not aware of his contract period.

"I`ve not thought beyond December 16 (the day of Dempo
match) at the moment. Then we`ll see. If I retain my job till
the end of the first-leg (in I-League), then I`ll answer
whether we can win any trophy this season or not. I`m no
astrologer, I can`t say anything now," he said.

Bhowmick, who had been appointed as Rozario`s replacement
by East Bengal during a similar topsy-turvy phase in late 2008
only to be ousted later, pleaded for some time to settle down.

"Please give me some time ... I won`t term it a crisis
moment, it`s a difficult time and we`ll have to work hard to
come out of this," he said.

Refusing to comment on Mohun Bagan`s jittery start to the
I-League and the initial phase of the season, Bhowmick said,
"I`ve not seen their performance from any analytical point of
view. I will just say that there is some mental pressure on
the players."

"We will have to come out of this phase unitedly. There
have been some problems like that of injury to our key players
like Edeh Chidi among others.”

"I`ll try to instill confidence in them. It`s a proud
moment for me. I was looking for a platform personally and
this is a perfect challenge for me," Bhowmick said.

East Bengal, he said, had gone through a similar low
after winning the Asean Cup in 2003 only to win the national
league at the end of of the season.

"We failed badly and I was about to lose my job. I still
don`t know why I was retained that time ... But we fought back
and won the NFL (in 2003-04)," Bhowmick recalled.

Earlier announcing Bhowmick`s appointment, Mohun Bagan
General Secretary Anjan Mitra said "he needs no introduction.
At this time of crisis, we feel he is the right person to take
the club out of this phase."

So far this season, the famed side under Rozario thrice
lost to their main rival East Bengal to finish as runners-up
in the Federation Cup, Mohammedan Sporting Platinum Jubilee
Cup and Calcutta Football League (Premier Division).

Victory has continued to elude them in the I-League as
well. After drawing with Pune FC (away), the side suffered
consecutive losses to qualifiers HAL (home) and Churchill
Brothers (away) in the I-League.

Rozario put in his papers after Mohun Bagan lost to the
Goan giants.

Mohun Bagan face reigning champions Dempo at home on
December 16.

PTI