Highlander Brigade write open letter to NorthEast United
Written by: Atrayo Bhattacharya
The fan group has raised concerns about the lack of progress at the club since its inception.
The Indian Super League (ISL) is due to start in a few months and teams are gearing up for the new season as preparations are going to start in full swing. In the meantime, many players have swapped shirts, as teams look to plug the gaps that they had last season. Surprisingly, the league's eternal strugglers NorthEast United have been very quiet during the summer transfer window. Infact, The club have not made any signings even after a disappointing last campaign.
The Highlanders have been struggling in the league since its inception and have found themselves at the bottom of the table often. Hence, the supporters want their management to take strong steps to find their way to the playoffs, but it seems sheer ignorance from the management has forced the Highlanders Brigade to draft a letter pertaining to the club's progress. NorthEast United have shown that they have the potential to do well and qualify for the playoffs, but have been plagued by inconsistency, playing well only in patches and not over sustained periods of time.
Read: The open letter to NorthEast United from the Highlander Brigade
Now, the club's supporters' group the Highlander Brigade have issued a letter seeking answers from the club and the management. In th letter, they highlight the importance of social media and how the club is maintaining absolutely no conversation and involvement with the supporters.
They have even made an offer considering the club's economic condition, "We have heard that the club is under economic restrictions on their spending and therefore can't even afford a Social Media Manager. If so, then we have capable members under our fold who can manage the social media handles for free. The importance of Social Media in today's time shouldn't be neglected. Therefore our offer stands".
The Highlands Brigade also asserted that they want proper team selection and investment in the right areas of development. Considering the club's abysmal performances in the past seasons, the least they have expected is a playoff spot. But, the club has failed to accomplish that feat as well.
The Highlander Brigade also questioned the club's involvement with the supporters. The supporters they claimed are not informed about the progress of the grassroots level programmes and also about their youth side. The club and the management did make huge promises at the time of the inception of the ISL, but with time it has all seemed like a castle built in thin air.
Regarding the rumours of shutting down their academy in Shillong, the supporters said, "It's more disheartening when rumours are surfacing about the shutting down of the youth academy in Shillong. No proper vision for this season or seasons ahead can be seen. We hope for answers and we believe you will issue them soon."
The supporters also raged about the fact that Kerala Blasters who play in the same league as they do, are playing in an international pre-season tournament alongside La Liga side Girona and A-League side Melbourne City, whereas NorthEast United have not yet announced their new signings for the upcoming season.
According to Khel Now sources, talks regarding a certain development at the club are being discussed and should be finalized before the start of the upcoming season.
At the moment though, the club looks in a state of complete chaos and the situation has also been reflected in their gameplay on the field, while the same has happened in the stands, as the supporters are losing their hunger and hope from the club and things are not looking nice for the side. Some of the supporters are still keen to back their side, but they are now adamant that they need to know every progress of their club and also want their questions answered.
Published: Tue Jul 10, 2018 05:19 PM IST