Just as Mohun Bagan grappled with the authorities of the national Federation to secure its prominent status in Indian football, it found its president Swapan Sadhan (Tutu) Bose resigning over health issues.

Bose, who has been the pillar of the club’s financial strength over the years, sent his resignation letter on Tuesday evening to the general secretary of the club, Anjan Mitra, saying that he is unable to continue in his post owing to failing health. Bose’s son Srinjoy continues to remain the assistant secretary of the club.

Bose, a noted entrepreneur from the city who took over the reins of the club in 1990, has been supplementing the club’s financial needs for the last three seasons after the pull out of their long-time sponsor McDowell.

“With every passing day, my health is deteriorating further and I think with this condition I am not doing justice to the chair,” Bose wrote in his letter while urging the club’s executive committee to accept his resignation with “immediate effect.”

This is the second time in two years that Bose has expressed his desire to resign. Bose and the club’s top brass, including secretary Mitra, had resigned in January 2015 after the club went trophy-less for five seasons.

Bose and his team returned to power in the elections held soon after and continued in the post till the latest crisis came to hit the club after it was left out of the Indian Super League. Mohun Bagan and its traditional rival East Bengal pitched for automatic entry in the ISL while demanding a waiver of the Rs. 15 crore franchisee fees.

After failing in their effort to find a place in the ISL, which admitted two new franchises after the bid process, Bagan and East Bengal are now fighting to ensure that I-League retains its status as the official league of the country.