KOLKATA: 2016/17 I-League winning coach Khalid Jamil has been appointed as the new head coach of East Bengal.
Jamil has joined the Red and Golds on a season long contract with a option to extend by another year, and was officially introduced at a press conference held at East Bengal Tent this evening.
Announcing the appointment, East Bengal President Dr. Pranab Dasgupta said: “He (Khalid Jamil) is quite simply the best coach in India today. He has inspired many players across the country. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome him to East Bengal. His track record of success is ideal to take the club forward.”
The former Aizawl FC coach replaces English mastermind Trevor James Morgan who left the post in April after East Bengal’s disastrous campaign at the 2016/17 I-League.
“East Bengal has a magnificent football heritage and I have nothing but respect and admiration for the history, tradition and values that make the club so exceptional.” Jamil said.
Jamil knows that he has stepped into one of the most demanding jobs in Indian football, but the 40-year-old sound confident while addressing the media, “To become East Bengal coach is a honour to me. It is a club known and admired throughout the country. I know this position goes under lot of criticism but I also believe that if we work together then we can achieve results.”
Speaking about his former employer Jamil said: “It has been both an honour and a privilege to coach Aizawl last season. I expect to see them continue to grow and develop under the new coach. I wish them and my successor well for the new season.”
The former Mahindra United player, who went on to coach Mumbai FC for seven years starting from 2009 before moving on to coach Aizawl in 2016, developed plenty of promising talents into star players at Mumbai and Aizawl, which was a team characterized by their high pressing, energetic style of play.
Regarded as one of the top coaches in India, the fact that Jamil has taken on the challenge at East Bengal, who haven’t won a national title since 2012, is already being viewed by fans as a significant turning point in their fortunes.