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Bengal Minister influencing Sanjoy Sen to take the job at East Bengal

Bengal Minister influencing Sanjoy Sen to take the job at East Bengal. Photo: Aiff
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Sanjoy Sen-to the followers of Indian football, this name has become synonymous with Mohun Bagan over the last few years. But when the same person gets heavily linked to a job at their arch rivals, then raising of eyebrows becomes a certainty.The scenario is all set towards this uncanny thing happening in reality.

After a trophyless season at Bagan it became almost a surity that unless something dramatic is going to take place, Sen would be leaving the Mariners’ camp. A move to East Bengal was always in the cards but many did not pay enough importance to it as Khalid Jamil was heavily linked with the hotseat of East Bengal.

But recent series of events are strongly hinting towards the installation of Mohun Bagan’s I-League winning coach in the hotseat of the Red and Gold brigade.

Sen’s contract with Bagan expired on 31st May and the man from Chetla region in Kolkata showed no interest in renewing it. On the other hand, Khalid Jamil has not given any surity to the East Bengal officials as he is willing to wait untill the mega-meeting at Kuala Lumpur concludes on 7th June.

According to sources, Firhad Hakim, the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister from the state of West Bengal has involved himself in this issue. Hakim, more popularly known as ‘Bobby’ is an ardent East Bengal follower and is a MLA from the Calcutta Port Constituency, the area to which Sanjoy Sen’s residence belongs.

Hakim is also a neighbour of Sen and has already had talks with him regarding a move to East Bengal. Mohun Bagan team returned from Dhaka completing their AFC Cup duties on Thursday and sources claim that Sen had a concrete conversation with Hakim on this issue.

Although, the officials are reluctant to disclose anything on this issue but the talks of the Maidan is that it has proceded to a great extent. East Bengal officials will probably sit with Sanjoy Sen alongside Hakim to see the deal through.

In a nutshell, it can be said that Sanjoy Sen is in the pole position for the hotseat of the Red and Gold at the moment.