East Bengal’s title hopes were dashed on Sunday after they were defeated 1-0 by DSK Shivajians at the Barasat Stadium Kolkata, with their fourth consecutive loss resulting in the resignation of head coach Trevor Morgan.
This was the last chance for Bengal to boost their I-league campaign, but even though the side are still in third position with 27 points from 16 matches, fans were left disgruntled and had previously called for Morgan to go.
The defeat follows East Bengals’ 1-2 defeat to arch-rival Mohun Bagan last Sunday and the club also lost to Chennai City and Churchill Brothers by identical margins.
Morgan who has been coach of East Bengal since the start of the season after being with the club for three years previously from 2010 to 2013 resigned from his post on Monday.
East Bengal’s football secretary Santosh Bhattacharya confirmed the news.
“We have received a mail from Morgan this evening. He wants to go back home and does not want to continue till the Federation Cup,” he said.
“It’s too late today to arrive at a decision. We will have a meeting with him tomorrow to finalise things.”
Meanwhile the other Sunday match between Mumbai City and Chennai City ended goalless at Cooperage Ground. It was a crucial match for Mumbai with a win needed to avoid relegation but instead ended with their fifth draw at home.
The home side dominated the first-half and the visitors had the edge in the second, but the half was littered with errors as both sides fumbled several chances on either ends.
The Mumbaikars are now on 12 points and just two games away from what could be the worst finish for them in years.
At the end of Week 16 Mohun Bagan sit at the top of the Hero I-League ladder with Aizawl in second place and East Bengal third.