Ranjan Chowdhury replaces the Replacement coach

Arijit Mukherjee  |  Kingfisher East Bengal  |  2 Years Ago



This is unprecedented not only in Indian Football maybe in World Football, certainly a first in the 97 year history of East Bengal for sure!! 


In 24 hours a replacement coach had to be named for the replacement coach they had earlier announced for Trevor James Morgan!! Hard to believe just 24 hours and the Red and Gold’s faithful were the witness to three different faces on the Hot Seat.


Tuesday morning Mridul Banerjee’s name was announced as the new coach of the team for the rest of the season after Trevor Morgan tendered his resignation. Unfortunately on Wednesday evening they had to announce another name, inevitably. The decision was in subsequence to Mridul Banerjee’s injury that sent him on bed for at least three weeks.


After serving as an assistant for many coaches in the last three and a half years Ranjan Chowdhury got sole control of Kingfisher East Bengal. Ranjan has worked as an assistant to Trevor Morgan in his first stint before the Brazilian Marcus Falopa and the Goan Armando Colaco. 


Speaking to Jersey, Ranjan said that his first aim is to win the remaining two I-League matches in order to restore the long lost confidence in the team and then focus on winning the Federation Cup, which will add a feather on his hat under the current precarious situation that the club is in currently.


Ranjan has taken care of the academy besides coaching the senior team in four matches in the Calcutta Football league and has a 100% win percentage to speak for himself.


This year he coached the Tollygunge Agragami team in the CFL before guiding the failed campaign of Mohammedan Sporting in the second division I-League preliminary round. Ironically there also he was called in as a last minute replacement to Mridul Banerjee as the latter opted to coach the title winning Bengal team in the Santosh Trophy, instead of guiding the Black and White to the second tier of club football.


For East Bengal it’s been a season which has imploded suddenly out of no-where after starting with a bang having won the CFL for the record seventh time, besides blazing their way in the first few rounds of the I League.


Ranjan possesses extensive knowledge in youth development in Indian Football as he has worked as a technical director for Tata Football Academy as well as Pune FC Academy, while he has been credited with the growth of many top level footballers who have played for top clubs and countries with distinction. He is already a super-hit in youth development with his exploits.


Now we hope that he makes a mark at the senior level as well, he also took the East Bengal team to the Bordoloi Cup final last year before Morgan took over. Hoping that East Bengal turns out to be a third time lucky for its coach as until now this season the hot-seat at the Red and Gold brigade looks to be jinxed. Here wishing the new East Bengal coach all the best for the rest of the season hope he survives!!



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