The former India manager was appointed as technical director at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Subhas Bhowmick has told his peers to save the congratulations until East Bengal are holding the Santosh Trophy aloft.
The former India manager has taken up the role of technical director at the Salt Lake Stadium after strict Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) regulations saw him prohibited from coaching in the I-League side due to not completing his A-license despite his success with Churchill Brothers.
However, an olive branch from the Indian Football Association (IFA) saw Bhowmick offered a position with the Red and Gold to oversee them during the tournament and he says it would have been impossible to reject the offer.
“The IFA secretary requested me to take up this job,” he explained to the India Telegraph. “Utpal Ganguli told me, ‘The I-League hasn’t been coming to Bengal for quite a long period. We couldn’t win last year’s Santosh Trophy as well So we would like you to take charge and ensure that the Santosh Trophy, at least, comes to Bengal.’
“I simply couldn’t turn him down thereafter… I readily agreed.”
Bhowmick believes it was his drive to succeed that landed him the post but stressed that won’t rest until East Bengal have their hands on the trophy.
“I don’t think it’s of any use to congratulate me now,” he stressed “Wish me only when Bengal lift the Santosh Trophy.
“My job begins now and I have plenty of work to do,”