Bengaluru, Mar 14: Former East Bengal coaches, Subhash Bhowmick, Armando Colaco and Biswajit Bhattacharya have raised question over the team's fitness this season.
All of them have had successful seasons with the Red and Gold as coach. Subhas Bhowmick was in charge of the East Bengal side which created history by the winning ASEAN Cup.
Biswajit Bhattacharya was in charge of the club last season and had won the sixth consecutive Kolkata Premier League title.
Armando Colaco, one of the most successful coaches in Indian football, also was East Bengal’s coach before being replaced last year.
All these coaches are extremely frustrated after having watched East Bengal’s worst defeat in the ongoing I-League against Chennai City FC in its crucial 14th match.
Subhash Bhowmick upset with the team’s performance has raised questions on Morgan’s coaching style.
He said: “I am surprised to have watched East Bengal footballers’ continuous injury, especially in their calf muscles.
"It means the footballers did not have proper pre-season fitness training. Otherwise, they should not have had to face such muscle injuries.
"Then why footballers like Jackichand Singh, Romeo Fernandez are not getting chances in spite of the fact that they were chosen by the coach himself.”
Armando Colaco was also critical as he said: “In my time I also had lost several matches. Still, the supporters became content after watching our excellent passing football. But under the present coach, the team is exhibiting that old kick-and-run style of football.”
Biswajit Bhattacharya, being upset with coach’s aimless planning and the decision of changing the first eleven in all the matches, said: “I did not expect East Bengal would lose even against the lowly placed team Chennai City.
"The footballers looked aimless and also did not look fit. I do not know how they prepared in the pre-season.”
But despite being frustrated, all the former coaches believe that East Bengal still have a chance of winning the League if they can win all the remaining four matches.