Manik confirmed Sheikh Russel’s new coach
Veteran coach Shafiqul Islam Manik is the newly appointed coach of former Bangladesh Premier League champions Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra. Sheikh Russel officials were in touch with Manik in the last couple of weeks but the club officially disclosed his arrival on Monday.
Earlier, the previous coach of Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra, Maruful Haque resigned on Friday.
Sheikh Russel KC, which finished runners-up in the last edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, are going through a hard time in the ongoing JB Bangladesh Premier League losing five matches out of six they have played so far under coach Maruful Haque who steered Sheikh Russel to the treble in the 2012-13 season.
Last week Sheikh Russel KC were eliminated from AFC Cup Play-off Qualifiers after suffering 3-4 goals defeat against FC Tertons of hosts Bhutan in their last Group C match at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Thursday. Sheikh Russel KC played to a 1-1 draw with Tatung FC of Chinese Taipei in their first Group C match.
After the resignation of Maruf, the only UEFA licensed coach of Bangladesh following Sheikh Russel’s recent poor performances, experienced coach Shafiqul Islam Manik is the perfect fit for the post.