Successful yet sacked: Mehrajuddin Wadoo's tenure at Mohammedan SC ends
The decision came after Mohammedan failed to qualify for the knockouts of the Durand Cup.
Kolkata based I-League giants Mohammedan SC have announced that the club has parted ways with head coach Mehrajuddin Wadoo with a mutual consent. The decision comes after Black Panthers’ 6-0 win against Jamshedpur FC in the ongoing Indian Oil Durand Cup.
However, this win was not enough to take the Kolkata side into the Quarter Finals stage of the competition as they faced a 3-1 loss to the star studded Mumbai City FC in their first game of the group stage encounter.
Mohammedan SC, on Tuesday announced their decision on Twitter (X) which read, “We have mutually parted ways with our head coach, Mehrajuddin Wadoo. We wish him well for his future endeavours.”
The decision has come as a surprise to many as Mohammedan had a great start to the season winning 8 out of 10 games played between Calcutta Football League and the Durand Cup. Under his tutelage, MDSC had scored 29 goals in the same period. The questions are also raised about the I-League clubs’ treatment towards Indian coaches despite giving good performances.
Mehraj shocked by the decision: Sources
Sources closer to the development have revealed to Khel Now that the 39 year old Indian International is shocked and disheartened with everything that has unfolded. “Shock for Mehraj as he loved this club and gave his 100% ever since he took up the responsibility to deliver success for the club.He was hired to bring the club to the ISL and was confident that He would deliver that dream.”
Mehraj joined the Kolkata outfit in the business end of last season and the team had won 2 out of 4 games under his leadership making sure that the team is not relegated to 2nd division I-League
The sources further added and quoted, “Mehraj made highly impactful recruitment to the team, with all new players clicking and delivering on the pitch to get 3 points regularly. Winning was the most important thing for him and the team was being primed and prepared to do that.”
“As a player he knows what professionalism is, as a coach He holds himself to the highest standards of demands. This season the team played 10 games and won 8 which is 80 percentage of wins,” the source quipped
Mohammedan Sporting Club are not new to controversies who have had on and off the field issues over the years. Mohammedan has a large chunk of the fan base based all over the state of West Bengal and a source voiced his opinion and said , “ Fans are also shocked as well. They were excited to see the team play with energy and pride. They loved coming to the maidan to watch Mohammedan play under him.”
“They needed 7 goals to win against Jamshedpur FC, they scored 6 in a high pressure game. He used the same players across all tournaments and competitions and everything on the training ground and competition field was focussed purely to qualify for ISL and win the I-league,” the source concluded.
Meanwhile, Mohammedan eased past Tollygunge Agragami with a scoreline of 4-0 in their CFL game earlier today.
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