John Gregory: It's been the worst three months of my life

It's been a drastic turnaround from last year's title-winning season and Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory has found it very difficult to get his team back on track.

Chennaiyin head coach John Gregory confirmed it is unlikely he would make changes to the team's foreign contingent in the transfer window.   -  sportzpics

There seems to be no respite to Chennaiyin FC's disastrous season as it slumped to another defeat at home, slipping to the bottom of the table with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Delhi Dynamos.

It's been a drastic turnaround from last year's title-winning season and head coach John Gregory has found it very difficult to get his team back on track.

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"It's been the worst three months of my life, without any question. Such a contrast to last season," he said.

"It's been a tough 12-game sequence for us. But in the end the responsibility to get results rests on my shoulders and we certainly need to make improvements."

Chennaiyin failed to convert its chances yet again and Gregory admitted that it has been a problem that has plagued his team's season.

"We had an abundance of chances. Their goalkeeper made a few good saves. We had umpteen corners and shots on their goal and then we come into half time only 1-1. It should have been 3-0 at half time.

"This has been a problem for us this season," Gregory said.

The second goal from Bikramjit Singh, a former Chennaiyin player, from a well-worked counter-attack rubbed salt into its wounds.

"Chasing the game in the second half, we got caught on the counter after giving away the ball stupidly in a stupid position and the ball ended up in the back of our net. And one of our ex players rubbed our noses in it," he said.

No changes to foreign contingent

For Chennaiyin, which has the AFC Cup coming up in March next year, the break in January and the transfer window could provide an opportunity to right its course.

"I've to sit down with Mrs [Vita] Dani and discuss what we are going to do about the current situation and how we're going to take it forward, because things need to improve if we are going to make a serious attempt to challenge for the AFC Cup and Super Cup."

Gregory, however, confirmed it is unlikely he would make changes to the team's foreign contingent in the transfer window.

"If we're going to sign someone, we'd have to let someone go. Contracts come in the way of that kind of thing.

"We're not a club that's just paid off players and given them 6 months' money to leave. We certainly can't sign anymore overseas player.

"We can sign Indian players but we still have to keep the number at 25 in the squad," he said.