East Bengal Club after a 9th place finish in their first season in the ISL finished rock bottom last season. The club has been struggling off the field as well, in an attempt to attract investors. Earlier, it was suggested by Sourav Ganguly that Glazer family of Manchester United were interested in the takeover.
However, now we find that Emami group would be the investors. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced to reporters in the presence of East Bengal and Emami Group’s key functionaries.
East Bengal Club finds a new invester.
“Both sides came to me for tea today and have agreed (to join hands together). As a result, East Bengal’s problems in relation to playing in the ISL have been solved,” Banerjee said.
East Bengal Club official Debabrata Sarkar, who also attended the meeting said: “Because of various reasons, we failed to live up to expectations in the past of couple of seasons. Our focus now is predominantly on making a strong. And competitive team so that we can fight for the championship and not finish at the bottom of the table.”
Aditya V Agarwal, Emami Group director mentioned: “It is a great moment of pride for us to forge a relationship with an iconic football club like East Bengal. We were motivated by Didi (chief minister)’s passion for sports. To form this relationship and are thankful for Didi’s support to make this possible.”
“Emami has been associated with sports in various formats in the past. We do believe it is the duty of the corporate world to promote and nurture sports and sportsmen. East Bengal club is an integral part of Indian football. We hope that together with them, we will continue to offer football lovers the best standards of the sport,” Agarwal added.
“This is a new beginning, a new dream for us. Hopefully, with the help of our new investor, East Bengal will be able to bring back their glory days,” remarked the club official.