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KOLKATA: One of the finest players in the country during his days, I.M. Vijayan's stint as a coach of a local side, Southern Samity, ended abruptly on Monday after his team lost to Port Trust 0-2.
Under pressure for quite some time following his team's string of poor outing, Vijayan finally bid adieu to the job. He met the media on Tuesday and explained his stand. “I take the responsibility for my team's poor results and put in my papers. I hope the team will do well under a new coach,'' he said.
Vijayan, who will be leaving for Kerala on Wednesday, said he did not take up the job to teach the boys how to play football but to guide the team to success.
“They are all grown up and they cannot be taught to play the game. It is just that I could not get the best results out of them,'' he said.
He admitted that any coach would get the boot if his team performed badly. “The club's are result oriented. One has to accept such decisions,'' he said.
Syed Nayeemuddin, who too spoke to the media, was upset by the decision of Mohammedan Sporting Club to sack him. He said a coach should be given at least three years to show results. “Coaching is not magic,'' he said. “A coach needs time to build a good side.''
The only Dronacharya in football said Kolkata clubs should stop changing coaches after bad results. He cited the way coaches in Goa were treated. “Only then the results will come. The coach, like players, should be given confidence by the clubs,'' he added.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting has appointed a Nigerian, Suga Tope Ayodegi, as the new coach in place of Nayeemuddin. A former under-23 National team player of Nigeria, he coached Mumbai United previously. — Special Correspondent
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