Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has taken over as interim coach of Sikkim United while Phillipe de Ridder has been discharged of any team-related activity, in the wake of their 1-10 rout by Prayag United in their last I-League match.
De Ridder who earlier had refused to step down has been made the club’s football director while assistant coach Syed Altaf Fudden Ahmed was discharged off his duties. “De Ridder is re-designated as the football director of United Sikkim FC from today. He will be henceforth handling administrative aspects of the club. He is no longer in-charge of the team or any of player related responsibilities. Assistant coach Syed Altaf Fudden Ahmed is discharged from his duties with the club,” an official release of the club said.
Sikkim United suffered the drubbing in a fifth round encounter in Kolkata on November 10 and Bhaichung, who did not play in that match due to suspension, had termed the defeat “disgraceful” and “humiliating”.