Mohun Bagan coach quits after loss to Real Kashmir FC

Mohun Bagan lost 3-2 to East Bengal in the Kolkata derby in December. AIFF Media

Mohun Bagan coach Shankarlal Chakraborty resigned from the job after the team's 2-1 home loss to I-League debutants Real Kashmir FC on Sunday, citing his 'moral responsibility' to do so.

Mohun Bagan's title hopes are all but over as they suffered their second consecutive defeat after losing to Neroca FC. "I've informed the club officials that I do not wish to stay anymore. Now it's up to the club to take a call," Chakraborty said at the post-match news conference.

Mohun Bagan have a packed calendar with four successive matches at Salt Lake Stadium, including the return-leg derby on January 27 and Chakraborty said he would remain with the club till the management appoints his successor. "We have a match (against defending champions Minerva Punjab) after three days. It will be difficult for the club to rope in someone. So, I will continue till the club management decides on someone."

Mohun Bagan have faired poorly at Salt Lake Stadium this season, losing thrice, including in the derby to East Bengal, and drawing twice from six matches. "I'm not quitting out of pressure. I thought I gave my best but I'm unable to help the team make a turnaround," said Chakraborty, who was promoted to the job from deputy coach after Sanjoy Sen, Mohun Bagan's I-League-winning coach, quit after the team's loss to Chennai City FC in January last year.

Talking about his defensive tactics, Chakraborty said he never wanted another foreign defender, adding that Mohun Bagan were used to playing with one foreign central and one Indian defender. "We always had one foreign defender and one Indian. Belo (Rasaq), Luciano (Sabrosa), Eduardo (Ferreira), (Eze) Kingsley, and one Indian defender. We did not get Sukhdev (Singh) as he got injured," he said.

"I am not being able to do anything. I have already told the club that I don't want to stay. The team has quality but maybe I am not being able to recognise it," he said.