The man from Malda is revelling in his new role
After leading Churchill Brothers to I-League victory last season, veteran manager Subhash Bhowmick found himself out of a job.
Despite his success, he does not hold an ‘A’ license and under AFC Guidelines cannot coach in the National League.
The India Football Association ( IFA), recogised the undoubted talents of the twice East Bengal Coach and have appointed him Technical Director of Bengal for upcoming Santosh Trophy.
The Santosh Trophy is an annual competition between Indian states and Government bodies, first hosted in 1941 Bengal are the most successful side with 31 victories.
Speaking to the Telegraph, as quote by Goal India, he revealed how he was offered the position: ” The IFA secretary requested me to take up this job. Utpal Ganguli told me, ‘ we would like you to take charge and ensure that the Santosh Trophy, at least, comes to Bengal.’ I simply couldn’t turn him down thereafter”.
Bhowmick’s job is made that much more difficult as it is forbidden to use I-League players in the line-up.
“So you have to get your job done with players plying their trade in local football — starting from the premier to the fifth division leagues.”
Never one to celebrate prematurely, the experienced coach is well aware how much of a challenge he is facing.
“I don’t think it’s of any use to congratulate me now. Wish me only when Bengal lift the Santosh Trophy. My job begins now and I have plenty of work to do”.