East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya formally put in his resignation after the team’s chances of winning the I-League crown vanished following its loss against Bengaluru FC on Sunday.

Bhattacharya, whose role as the East Bengal coach was increasingly coming under criticism from both the fans and the club officials, conveyed his desire to relinquish his post to the club secretary on Monday.

The East Bengal secretary Kalyan Majumdar said that he received the letter from Bhattacharya wishing to step down. The club would not be asking the coach to reconsider his decision as “it does not make any sense continuing with someone who is unwilling to do the job,” Mr. Majumdar said.

With East Bengal having two more matches to play in the I-league, Bhattacharya’s assistant Sanjay Majhi will be sitting in the dugout while another former international Debjit Ghosh will be helping out Majhi in the two matches (at home against Sporting Clube de Goa on Friday and away against Shillong Lajong FC on April 24).

Bhattacharya, a former international who spent a greater part of his club career with East Bengal, took over the high profile job of coaching his favourite club team in June last year after the Duch coach Eelco Schattorie quit the post. Bhattacharya helped East Bengal match its previous record of winning six successive Calcutta Football League titles but could not see the team doing much in the national scene.

Bhattacharya stepped down taking responsibility of the team’s failure to win the I-League, which has been his key objective. One of the senior club officials informed that the next coach will be appointed before the Federation Cup, which the AIFF is likely to schedule in May.