Chennai City FC sacks coach Robin Charles Raja

Assistant coach Andrew Oakley will takeover as the caretaker coach until a replacement can be found for the exiting manager.

Chennai City and coach Robin Charles Raja have parted ways after a dismal start to the I-League campaign.   -  R. Ragu

I-League new-entrant Chennai City FC has sacked its coach Robin Charles Raja seven games into the new season. Sources close to Sportstar confirmed that the coach has been sacked due to unsatisfactory results, with the Chennai club currently lying at the bottom of the points table.

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Assistant coach Andrew Oakley will takeover as the caretaker coach until a replacement can be found for the exiting manager. The 38-year-old Australian, who was a player cum coach of the Madras Eagles team way back in 2006 in the Chennai Football Association first division league, will most likely guide the team in its home match against Mumbai FC on Saturday.

The decision to sack was conveyed through a phone call to Robin. "The management called me to inform their decision. They said the sponsors were unhappy with the results," he said to Sportstar. "I'm happy with what I've done, especially in our home matches. In the limited time, I don't think anybody could have done a better job."

Scoring goals has been a problem for Chennai City FC this season and Robin said the Brazilian strikers Marcos Tank and Charles De' Souza are still warming up to the demands of the I-League.

The out-going coach also said the management's insistence on playing local talent might have played a role in the team's below par performances. "We were trying to fit in too man local players in the team. But they will take time to settle and reach the levels required in the I-League."

The board will meet on Wednesday to find the successor for Raja.

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