Robbie Fowler’s touch upon the perceived lack of coaching of some Indian gamers at SC East Bengal drew sharp reactions from former internationals Shyam Thapa and Subhas Bhowmick who’ve additionally coached the red-and-gold brigade.
Following SC East Bengal’s 0-3 loss to Mumbai Metropolis FC in ISL7 on Tuesday, coach Fowler mentioned in a tv interview, “in all honesty, some Indian gamers seem like they haven’t been coached earlier than.” In his first media interplay on October 10, the Liverpool nice had mentioned he was “greater than happy” with the Indians on the roster.
“The remark reveals Robbie Fowler has some solution to go earlier than he will be referred to as a very good coach. You may say what you wish to your gamers however behind the closed doorways of the change room. In public, you defend them or say as a coach you couldn’t talk what you wished,” mentioned Bhowmick who coached East Bengal to the 2003 Asean Cup title in Jakarta, making them the primary Indian workforce to win a membership competitors exterior south Asia.
Earlier than becoming a member of SC East Bengal, Fowler had been a player-manager in 2011-12 in Thailand and in A-League final time period with Brisbane Roar.
“And it reveals that nice gamers don’t all the time make a very good coach. Chuni (Goswami) and PK (Banerjee) obtained their teaching badges collectively however Chuni quickly realised he wouldn’t make a very good coach although he was arguably the very best participant of his era, if not of all time in India,” mentioned Bhowmick.
Former India captains, Goswami and Banerjee have been among the many nation’s finest forwards and key members of the 1962 Asian Video games workforce that gained gold. Banerjee grew to become a profitable coach for golf equipment and nation.
“Fowler has been an important participant so I believe he couldn’t management the frustration on the massive loss. Dropping 0-2 to ATK Mohun Bagan was completely different; they’re a workforce fashioned from champions of I-League and ISL. So although the loss harm, he may management himself. Yesterday, he couldn’t,” mentioned Thapa, chairman of the All India Soccer Federation’s technical committee.
“East Bengal couldn’t cope with Mumbai’s trio of Ahmed Jahouh, Rowllin Borges and Hugo Boumous. They have been drawing East Bengal’s midfield out and creating area and thru the sport, Fowler’s workforce couldn’t discover a solution to counter it. The defenders (Danny) Fox and (Scott) Neville ought to have completed higher in opposition to Mohun Bagan too. And I believe Mike Okoro was higher than (Jacques) Maghoma. So, the Indians could have been unhealthy however what concerning the foreigners East Bengal have,” mentioned Bhowmick.
Nigerian striker Okoro was a key member of East Bengal’s nationwide league titles in 2002-03 and 2003-04 underneath Bhowmick. That was the final time East Bengal gained the nationwide league.
Bhowmick and Thapa, teammates within the 1970 Asian Video games the place India gained bronze, agreed SC East Bengal have had an underwhelming begin to their first ISL. They’ve misplaced each video games, shipped 5 objectives and appeared disjointed. “That isn’t sudden. By the point they joined ISL, groups had already recruited the very best or retained them. Similar for the imports too. They could be good however should not at their fittest. East Bengal will want time,” mentioned Thapa.
Having joined on a two-year deal, Fowler had mentioned that although SC East Bengal have had a shorter pre-season, they might be prepared. “We’ll get it proper. I’m 100% positive of that,” Fowler had mentioned.