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Talking points from ISL 2023-24 Gameweek 12

Published at :December 31, 2023 at 7:33 PM
Modified at :December 31, 2023 at 7:33 PM
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Rutvij Joshi

Following a heavy defeat to Odisha FC, Jamshedpur FC axed Head Coach Scott Cooper.

The Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 witnessed a hard-fought Gameweek 12 as eight teams clashed in five matches, marking the conclusion of the first part of the season.

Amidst the on-field action, the off-field drama took center stage, with managerial shakeups and unexpected twists dominating headlines. Let’s delve into the talking points that defined Gameweek 12.

Scott Cooper’s Departure from Jamshedpur FC:

Scott Cooper in his last match’s press conference. (Courtesy: ISL media)

Jamshedpur FC endured a disappointing 4-1 defeat against Odisha FC in their final game of the first part of the season. However, the result on the pitch was overshadowed by the revelation that Scott Cooper, the Englishman at the helm, would be leaving his position due to disagreements with the management. Even before the kickoff at the Kalinga Stadium, the writing was on the wall for Cooper and Jamshedpur FC.

Khel Now exclusively reported the behind-the-scenes discord, indicating that clashes between Cooper and the management led to the decision. The timing of the departure raised eyebrows, coming on the back of a demoralizing loss. As Jamshedpur FC looks ahead to the second part of the season, the void left by Cooper’s exit poses questions about the team’s future trajectory and the challenges they may face under new leadership.

Sword looming over Ferrando’s future

Juan Ferrando Head Coach of Mohun Bagan Super Giants at the press meet in Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. (Courtesy: ISL media)

Mohun Bagan’s woes continued as they suffered their third consecutive defeat, succumbing to a historic loss against Kerala Blasters at home. The Kolkata giants, despite substantial investments, had previously failed to qualify for the AFC Cup. The string of losses in the ISL only intensified the scrutiny on Juan Ferrando, the manager of Mohun Bagan.

The pressure on Ferrando escalated with three back-to-back losses, putting a question mark on his future with the Mariners. The expectations were high, given the investments made in the squad, and the consecutive defeats have fueled speculation about potential changes in leadership. As the team reflects during the break, the management faces crucial decisions regarding the direction they want to take for the remainder of the season.

FC Goa remain only unbeaten team

Carlos Mart’nez Rodr’guez of FC Goa celebrates after scoring a goal. (Courtesy: ISL media)

In a season marked by unpredictable outcomes, FC Goa emerged as the only unbeaten team in the ISL after Gameweek 12. Manolo Marquez’s men faced NorthEast United FC in the last game of the first part of the season, resulting in a 1-1 draw. While the Gaurs missed the opportunity to climb to the top of the table with the draw.

FC Goa secured seven victories in ten games, complemented by three draws. The team’s ability to navigate through challenges and maintain an unbeaten streak positions them as strong contenders for the ISL title. As the league takes a break, FC Goa will look to build on their solid foundation in the second part of the season, aiming to continue their impressive run and potentially secure the coveted top spot and win the ISL Shield.

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