Dutchman Eelco Schattorie Thursday was named the new head coach of city soccer giants East Bengal, hours after Armando Colaco bade an emotional farewell to the club after getting to know about the new recruit.
East Bengal coach Armando Colaco today refused to comment on whether he will be quitting the club but dropped enough hints that he could be on his way out dismayed with the way he has been treated at the red-and-gold-camp.
Under Armando Colaco's coaching East Bengal might have never lost to Mohun Bagan, but come tomorrow the struggling Red-and-Golds will feel the threat to keep their record intact in Kolkata derby of the I-League football fixture at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan. Things have tilted towards Mohun Bagan's favour since East Bengal routed their rivals 3-1 riding on a Ranty Martins brace to lift the local league crown on August 31 last year.
With speculation rife about their coach Armando Colaco's future at the club, East Bengal will take on winless debutants Bharat FC in the I-League football at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Sunday.
Fresh from their flop show at the Federation Cup football tournament, city football giants East Bengal Sunday banned the media from attending the club's practice sessions and interacting with the players or the coach.
It was in famous red-and-gold East Bengal jersey that 17-year-old Baichung Bhutia came into prominence back in 1995 and after nearly two decades, one of India's greatest ever footballer is going to play what will be his final season in Indian club football.
With a packed calendar ahead, East Bengal coach Armando Colaco Thursday said he would not like to put his top forwards Ranti Martins and Dudu Omagbemi under stress as the defending champions kick off the season against Mohammedan Sporting in the local league Sunday.
Bengal traditionally has a big support base for Brazil which is evident once again as a pall of gloom descended on the city after the hosts`s landslide 1-7 defeat against Germany in the World Cup semis.
Having missed the crown narrowly, East Bengal will look to finish runners-up for a third time in four seasons when they conclude their I-League campaign against United SC at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Monday.
Churchill Brothers, struggling to avoid relegation, will be desperately looking for a victory when they take on title contenders East Bengal in a crucial encounter in the 24th round of the I-League at Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.