Andrey Chernyshov, old but new gaffer for the Black Panthers

I-League outfit Mohammedan SC has reappointed their former Russian head coach, Andrey Chernyshov. As soon as Mohammedan SC was knocked out of the group stage of the Durand Cup 2023, they sacked their coach, Mehrajuddin Wadoo. Through a club statement, Mohammedan SC announced,

“We have mutually parted ways with our head coach, Mehrajuddin Wadoo. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

It has been a surprise decision by the Mohammedan SC management, as the Black Panthers played well under Mehrajuddin Wadoo. Under Mehraj’s tutelage, Mohammedan has played a total of 10 games in the Calcutta Football League and the Durand Cup, of which they won 8 games. MDSC has also scored 29 goals in this period.

Mohammedan SC’s sudden decision to sack Mehrajuddin has again raised the question of clubs’ treatment towards Indian coaches and their fascination with foreign coaches.

Chernyshov starts his second stint as Mohammedan SC Head Coach:

Mohammedan SC management has chosen their former coach, Andrey Chernyshov, to fill the void left by Mehraj. Under Chernyshov, the team won the 2021 Calcutta Football League and also became runners-up in the 2021 Durand Cup. On joining Mohammedan SC, Chernyshov said,

“Thank you for your wishes. I am very pleased with this appointment and look forward to flying to India and starting to work with the team. The most important thing is to quickly get to know the players and coaches, explain to them my requirements, and tell them what kind of football we will play.”

Manager Profile: Andrey Chernyshov:

The 55-year-old has worked with clubs such as FC Spartak Moscow, FC Dinamo Tbilisi, FC Vitebsk, and FK Spartak Subotica. He managed the Russian senior national football team as the assistant coach and was also in charge of the Russian U-21 team. Before joining Mohammedan SC, Chernyshov managed Serbian second-tier league club FK Radnicki Belgrade for six months.

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