At a time when there is a lot of controversy surrounding East Bengal football club regarding their proposed jump to the cash-rich Indian Super League (ISL) and Quess Corp's force majeure, the air of uncertainty is perhaps the heaviest. Will the Red and Golds play in the ISL or will they continue to ply their trade in the I-League, which will effectively be deemed as the second division of Indian football, is still a mystery.
The club management, however, are not waiting for the air to clear and have apparently decided who will be at the helm of affairs in the upcoming season. As per a report in the Times of India, it has been decided that Mario Rivera will continue as the head coach of East Bengal, at least for the time being.
Rivera, who took over as the head coach when Alejandro Menendez cut his ties with the club earlier this year, and his assistants had a meeting with a team of senior club officials Debabrata Sarkar, Rajat Guha, Saikat Ganguly as well as two former players Alvito D'Cunha and Chandan Das. In the meeting, the Spanish coach was offered to continue in team building for the next season.
A source was quoted saying by TOI: "A few more meetings between the two parties have been held since. The club is keen on reposing faith in Mario since he has been familiar with Indian football."
"As things stand now, Mario will stay as East Bengal coach in the next season. The club has sought advice from both Mario and Carlos in building the team. The duo has subsequently handed a players list to the officials and the club's recent activities in team recruitment of players should be seen in this light," the source further added.