Trevor Morgan, the English coach of East Bengal, came in support of his compatriot Steve Darby a day after the latter was coerced to quit his job as the Mohun Bagan coach.
Darby quit on Saturday saying that he cannot work under a technical committee, which the club recently appointed to supervise the coach's activities. Morgan's feelings were echoed by the president of Federation of Football Coaches in India (FFCI), Sanjoy Banerjee, who said the treatment Darby got was “undesirable.”
Morgan felt that any coach would feel restricted if the club puts a watchdog body to scrutinise his functioning. “No one can perform under a technical committee. It curbs the independence of the coach,” Morgan told reporters here on Sunday.
Darby, a noted television commentator and a former assistant to Bryan Robson with the Thailand national team, lasted less than three months in his position after being introduced with lot of fanfare as the chief coach on July 25.
The Mohun Bagan officials clamoured for his removal immediately after the team crashed out of the Federation Cup losing two and drawing one match. “A coach's merit cannot be assessed in three matches,” Morgan said adding that it must have been the undue expectations of the officials that may have forced Darby to resign.
Darby was the fifth coach, and the second foreigner, to leave Mohun Bagan in the last 20 months. The procession of unceremonious exits started with Moroccan Karim Bencherifa — who ever since quitting Mohun Bagan won the I-League and the Federation Cup for Salgaocar — in February 2010. The club thereafter juggled with Indian coaches — Satyajit Chatterjee, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Stanly Rozario, Subhas Bhowmick — before bringing in Darby with a contract of two years.
“The club surely was convinced about his (Darby's) credentials before deciding to appoint of the coach for two years. The way he was forced to leave within three months is undesirable,” Banerjee said. “A coach needs a minimum of six months to understand the team. It is unfortunate that he (Darby) had to leave before he could settle down with the team,” the FFCI president added.