In a press conference that was held at the JN Stadium Shillong on Friday, he said that the main focus will be providing opportunities for younger players from the academy. He also mentioned that Lajong needs to improve its defense and also at the front to score goals.
The Scottish football coach who was also the former head coach of the Indian Arrows, the U-21 Indian national team said Shillong Lajong FC conceded 44 goals and managed to score only 24 goals in the last I-League season. “Obviously, there is a problem at the back for conceding goals and there is a massive problem up front for scoring goals,” Bulpin said.
He further added, “Six of my boys from the Under-23 team were selected for the national team and I am proud of them. With the focus Lajong has on the youth, the same feat can be achieved in the club.”
For the upcoming I-League season and the selection of foreign recruits, Bulpin said that, “With a minimum budget, the team is spending time in selecting foreign players. We have to make the right decision on the foreigners we bring in and also scouting of talent from all over the North East that can take the club a long way.” The aim is to not only stay at the I-League but also stay above the middle portion of the table.
According to Bulpin, the next two weeks of his time with the Shillong Lajong I-League players will be concentrating more on the fitness because people tend to ignore the physical part of the training to the boys. “There are four basic corners that we need to keep in mind while grooming our boys, that is, tactical, social, mental and physical,” he said.
The fans should support the club regardless of the “wins and losses”, he added.