Salagaocar coach Karim Bencherifa is all set to take charge of Mohun Bagan from start of next month after Santosh Kashyap resigned just a week ago.
In 2009, Karim Bencherifa had coached Mohun Bagan and has been one of the better performers among all those who have been at the green-and-maroon dug-out during the past 5-6 years. In January 2010, Bencherifa went to Salgaocar and helped the club to win the I-League, including the Federation Cup last season.
“I have handed my resignation and it was not an easy decision. Sometimes, football is like life and we must move on. I will remember Salgaocar as a professional club with a top quality chairman. Don’t forget we made history here,” said Bencherifa.
Bencherifa won his first and only I-League title with Salgaocar in 2010.
Though neither Bagan nor Bencherifa were willing to share details of what is expected to be a lucrative 19-month contract, insiders say it will make him the best-paid coach ever in Indian club football. The contract is said to be worth Rs 2.5 crore.
Bencharifa ended his his contract with Salgaocar yesterday afternoon and he will be the Salgaocar coach till November 17. He will be joining Mohun Bagan next month.
Mohun Bagan officials also said that,also revealed that Mridul Banerjee will be the head coach of Mohun Bagan till November 17, when Bencherifa takes over. After Bencherifa takes his post, Mridul will become the assistant coach of Mohun Bagan.