Antonio Habas to be ATK-Mohun Bagan coach in ISL
Fresh from winning a third Indian Super League title, ATK boss Sanjiv Goenka on Sunday announced that Antonio Habas will remain the coach of the team that is set to merge with I-League club Mohun Bagan.
The Spaniard, who had guided ATK to the title in the inaugural ISL in 2014, was back at the helm at the start of 2019 following two tumultuous years, which witnessed four coaches with the team finishing ninth and sixth in the standings.
"Yes (he will be the coach)... I think there's something in the stars. If we work together, we succeed together," Goenka said as ATK celebrated their triumph.
With Habas set to continue, it would mean an end of the road for Kibu Vicuna at Mohun Bagan despite guiding the team to the I-League title with four rounds to spare.
"Vicuna is also a very good coach. Let's see what happens," Goenka said of Vicuna, whose contract is expiring this season.
The Habas-coached side defeated Chennaiyin FC 3-1 in the final in Goa to become the most successful franchise of ISL.
"We are not in a habit of boasting. But we had great players, great coaching outfit. It is difficult to individually list out players. It was an exceptional performance and I express my heartfelt gratitude, appreciation to each and every player," he said.
The merged team will be formed on June 1 and the RPSG Group chairman, who had acquired a majority shareholding of 80 per cent in the century-old club, announced that they have signed Manvir Singh from FC Goa and Subhashis Bose from Mumbai City FC for the next season.
"Till now we were planning for this season which just got over. Now with the I-League and ISL under our belt, we will start planning for the next season which starts tomorrow.
"The two signings we have confirmed are Manvir Singh and Subhashis Bose. We are happy to have them. We have to build from here. Tomorrow, it (the win) will be past. We have to plan for the future. We got to nurture the young talents," he said.