Indian Football

After losing 2-1 to Chennai City FC, Sanjoy Sen steps down as Mohun Bagan coach

This was Mohun Bagan's first defeat after seven matches and it came after a string of three draws.

Mohun Bagan’s last season I-League winning coach Sanjoy Sen stepped down after his side’s 1-2 defeat at the hands of Chennai City FC on Wednesday.

Chennai City took a sixth minute lead through Frenchman Jean-Michel Joachim but they were reduced to 10 men after Pradeep Mohanraj was sent off in the 34th minute for handling the ball inside the box.

Ansumana Kromah scored the equaliser for Mohun Bagan owing to the penalty in the 36th minute. However, Chennai City’s Veniamin Shumeyko headed home the winner in the 71st minute to script the first big upset of I-League this season. This was Mohun Bagan’s first defeat after seven matches and it came after a string of three draws.

“I did not have the mentality to continue after this loss and three home draws where we could not come back. We lost at home, I had decided that I would step down if that happened,” said Sen.

Sen was appointed the chief coach for the Mariners in December 2014 after the club parted ways with technical director Subhas Bhowmick and was instrumental in their I- League triumph in the 2014-15. He had previously been in-charge of Kolkata clubs like Mohammedan Sporting and United Sports Club and enjoyed success mostly in Cup competitions.

While United SC became runners-up in IFA Shield and Durand Cup under his tutelage, the Black and Whites won the Shield last season. Sen had also led Mohammedan to become the champions of the I-League second division a couple of seasons back.

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