The Indian football legend expressed his thoughts on the Red and Gold roping in a new investor.
Former East Bengal captain and Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia thinks his former employers have enough time to prepare for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League. East Bengal have all but confirmed their sponsors in Shree Cement and are keen to make their bow in the cash-rich league.
Speaking on the subject, Bhutia said, “I am very happy that finally East Bengal got an investor and are hopeful of playing ISL this year. I am really happy for the fans. They have been praying to see East Bengal play in the top league,” he quoted to IANS.
“East Bengal have already signed quite a few players, I think. So, I don’t think there should be any problem,” the former National Football League winner stated. The announcement of the sponsor was made by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying, “All problems are solved, East Bengal will now play in the ISL.”
The Indian transfer window closes on October 20 and the registration deadline is October 23. East Bengal are yet to appoint a head coach and are reportedly in talks with Spaniard Mario Rivera, who guided the Red and Gold to a second-placed finish in I-League 2018-19.
“I think they have enough time. Other teams have also not really started training and some, like Chennaiyin FC and NorthEast United, have just appointed their coaches. Even Hyderabad FC had to change,” Bhutia said.
Like every Indian football fan, the former striker is excited by the possibility of the first-ever Kolkata Derby between East Bengal and ATK Mohun Bagan in the ISL. “I am very excited to see the derby in the ISL. I can assure you that East Bengal and Mohun Bagan coming to the ISL will bring more charm. It will lift the tournament.”
The former Bury FC player also had a piece of advice for club officials, as he remarked, “I think they have learnt their lessons from the past (with former investors Quess). I am sure everybody will become more mature now.”
“I-League will continue to do well. They will still have ambition that clubs could qualify for the ISL in a few years time when relegation and promotion starts,” said Bhaichung Bhutia.