Delhi Dynamos has appointed Mridul Banerjee as the new assistant coach of the club on Monday (May 21). The former East-Bengal coach, who led West Bengal to a Santosh Trophy title last year, will now replace Shakti Chauhan in the Delhi team set-up for the next year edition of the league.
Mridul Banerjee, who completed his stint as the head coach of Mohammedan Sporting where he guided the team to a fourth-place finish in the second division of the I-League, will don his services as an assistant coach for Delhi Dynamos. The former East Bengal head coach joins the club with three decades of coaching experience that has seen him being associated with the likes of Mohun Bagan, Indian Arrows, India U-16, and India U-19, among others.
Describing his happiness on this move, the experienced coach specifically put his insights of growing young footballers in the country which is also the prime motive of Delhi - a thing which satisfies him the most.
“It is the ideal step in my career at this point. ISL has grown immensely and is now the premier league of India and I am delighted to be a part of a club that has done extremely well during the last four years. The club has shown great faith in young footballers and as a coach, it is a philosophy that I have as well, so I am looking forward to this new challenge with Delhi Dynamos,” said Mridul Banerjee, as reported by Scroll.
Banerjee is very much associated with success as he comes on the back of guiding West Bengal to a Santosh Trophy title last year. The AFC A-Licensed coach guided the West Bengal U-21 team to two successive championships in 2001 and 2002 and also led Mohammedan Sporting to a second-place finish in the Calcutta Premier League in 2016. As a player, Mridul Banerjee represented various premier division clubs in Kolkata during the period of 1975-1988.
Speaking on this appointment, Delhi Dynamos director Rohan Sharma expressed his excitement and pointed out that as a coach, Mridul Banerjee has developed the similar kind of philosophy inside his coaching stint which Delhi Dynamos are striving for, and his experience will be a great asset to the club.
“We are delighted to have someone like Mridul Banerjee on board. He comes with great experience and is the sort of coach who understands the club’s philosophy. Mridul is very well respected as a coach and we are confident that his tactical acumen and man-management skills can help the club thrive,” he noted.