Putting rest to all speculations, Aussie Trevor James Morgan is finally going to ink the deal with Kolkata giants East Bengal as their coach for the 2016 season on Monday. Morgan has announced that to effect on Saturday in the presence of media on the Maidan.
Morgan started his second stint with the Red and Golds during the business end of the last season and was also in charge of the side for the Federation Cup where the team failed to put up a good show. Speculations were Morgan was not happy with the money he was offered by the club authorities, but the coach himself cleared the air on Saturday by announcing that he would sign on the dotted lines in two days time.
“Yes, we have to come an agreement and I will sign the dotted lines by Monday. The whole picture will be clear then. After the signing, I will sit with the club officials to decide on the future course of action…When shall I begin training, hiring support staff and new players… all these,” Morgan was quoted as saying by sports portal, XtraTime.
The signing of Morgan was on cards from the very beginning of the season, but Morgan was away in his home town Perth in Australia and the contract papers were with him. Unfortunately a stomach infection forced Morgan to spends few anxious days in the confines of a hospital cabin thereafter and hence the delay.
The Aussie coach has a vast experience of coaching in the sub-continent as he was hired by ISL franchise — Kerala Blasters — owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar before serving East Bengal with repute since 2010. Morgan had overwhelming success with the Read and Golds which started with the I-League trophy in the first season. East Bengal went on to win more laurels under Morgan but the journey came to and end in 2013 when the Aussie wanted to return home to spend some time with family.
However, East Bengal officials are waiting for Morgan to discuss the team formation for the forthcoming season. “Trevor has the contract paper with him. Now it’s on him to sign it. We are signing him on a one year contract,” the club’s football secretary, Santosh Bhattacharya told the sports portal.
According to sources, East Bengal officials will now immediately swing into action to build the team for 2016 season and were only waiting for Morgan’s nod.