Srinagar, July 19: In a major development that could impact football dynamics in the Kashmir, Real Kashmir FC owners have parted ways with now club owned by only one owner.
One of the co-owner of Real Kashmir FC Shamim Meraj as per report in Goal. Com is no longer part of the Kashmir’s first I-League club. As per report, Meraj who runs family owned newspaper Kashmir Monitor, has left club two months ago and the club is now entirely run by Sandeep Chattoo.
Goal. Com quoting sources close to Meraj have confirmed that the former co-owner had growing differences with the team management over multiple issues. While he wanted to adopt a more entertaining style of football, other members of the team management wanted to stick to the approach adopted by coach David Robertson which involved the typical English brand of football, utilising the physical attributes of the players at his disposal.
“It was very frustrating for him to see Kashmir play that kind of football. He felt that football should always entertain people but that was not happening at Real Kashmir. There was too much workload on one player and he was not being able to give his best. The other key players did not suit the methods of the coach. He wanted to change things at the club. The third-place finish in the debut season fuelled further ambition and that might have become a bane for the club,” Goal.com quoted source source close to Meraj on the condition of anonymity.
Ever since the entry of Real Kashmir FC into the I-League, Real Kashmir has caught the attention of the country, thanks to their spirited performances despite challenges. Every home match normally sees a full house which is a rarity in I-League.
With Meraj no longer connected to the club, co-owner Sandeep Chattoo has taken complete charge of the club.
The report further said that Meraj declined to comment when contacted.