Bhowmick targets all-win record in second half of I-League

December 27th, 2008 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Dec 27 (IANS) East Bengal’s new soccer coach Subhas Bhowmick Saturday exuded confidence of getting the team back into the winning ways in the second half of the I-League.Bhowmick, who formally took over Saturday, has set an ambitious target of garnering 33 points from the remaining 11 games. In other words, he is aiming at winning all the 11 matches. East Bengal now lie at the seventh spot culling 12 points from 11 ties.

“Initially I thought about getting 27-28 points from the second phase. Yesterday my predecessor Stanley Rozario reportedly said that 33 points could be achieved from 11 matches. It definitely sounds encouraging. It’s not very uncommon in football to see a side winning 10-11 matches on the trot,” Bhowmick told reporters at the club tent.

However, he conceded that the journey now would be tough, though not impossible.

Bhowmick, who guided East Bengal to the Asean Cup triumph in 2003 besides two back-to-back National Football League titles, said his first task would be to wake up the players from the stupor where they have sunk.

“I will sit with the players in a couple of days and will find out what is their problem.”

Terming East Bengal as his second home, Bhowmick said he returned to it as the team was in crisis.

“This club has always been by my side. This club gave me a fresh lease of life when I was a player. Two years ago, when I faced a personal crisis, the club strongly supported me. So when this offer came, I thought this was the opportunity to give the club something in return.”

Bhowmick, who had resigned as East Bengal coach in 2006 in the wake of bribery allegations, said: “One is innocent until proven guilty and this is a sub-judice matter.”

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