Lower than 24 hours after being handed over the sporting rights by Shree Cement, East Bengal asserted that they might announce a brand new investor “inside 15 days” and can proceed to play within the top-tier Indian Tremendous League.
Bangladesh conglomerate Bashundhara Group, which owns Bashundhara Kings membership, has emerged because the frontrunner to put money into East Bengal. However they might want to full some formalities earlier than approaching board.
“We’ve held preliminary discussions with the Bashundhara Group who’re at present in talks with the Prime Minister’s Workplace,” East Bengal’s high government committee member, Debabarata Sarkar, stated on the membership tent on Wednesday.
“As soon as they obtain a inexperienced sign, our talks will advance. We’re assured of saying our choice within the subsequent 15 days or so.”
By inking a partnership with East Bengal, Shree Cement Restricted (SCL) purchased a majority stake within the membership on September 2, 2020, paving the way in which for its last-minute entry into the ISL.
Of their inaugural season underneath Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, they completed ninth, whereas within the final version they reached a brand new low, ending on the backside of the desk within the backdrop of a row between the membership and SCL over signing of the ultimate settlement.
So the affiliation needed to be “terminated” as per the preliminary time period sheet signed by East Bengal and, on Monday, SCL handed over the sporting rights, making them a free membership to bid for a brand new investor.
On the prospect of enjoying their third season in ISL, Sarkar stated: “We’ll positively play in ISL. Not solely us, Mohammedan Sporting too will play within the ISL within the coming days.
“Aside from ISL, we’ll look to play in all tournaments attainable. We’ll put together 4 totally different groups if the necessity arises.”
“I can’t say whether or not East Bengal will be capable to turn into champions or not. However I can guarantee you that we are going to enhance on our ISL present.
“The legacy and fan base of East Bengal is created by our constant efficiency, we at all times completed inside high three, by no means slipped past six,” he stated, taking a dig on the “mismanagement’ by SCL.”
After approaching board, Shree Cement had promised a long-term affiliation with the red-and-gold brigade however bother began brewing earlier than the second season over the time period sheet.
Sarkar added, “Our membership has crossed 102 years however by no means ever we confronted such a disaster. It’s as a result of the soccer infrastructure within the nation has modified ‘one high-quality morning’.
“Regardless of the challenges, we’re assured of placing up a powerful group and we will probably be within the championship race,” he stated, including that the method to determine and signal gamers for the following season is already underway with the assistance of former gamers.
“We’ve requested our ex-players to provide you with options concerning the recruitment. They’ve despatched us a listing of gamers from the I-League. They’ll even be current at Santosh Trophy venues to scout gamers.”
He additionally stated they might attempt to play underneath the aegis of ‘East Bengal Personal Restricted’, with out tinkering with the long-lasting identify and brand.
“We’ll convey East Bengal again to the place it belongs in a few years,” he concluded.