Sporting Bengal United boss Gazi 'over the moon' after a record-breaking campaign
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 May 2018
Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi is delighted with his side’s end to the season as they broke the club’s points record in the Essex Senior League.
The Mile End-based outfit finished the season in 10th place with 50 points after winning five of their last six league fixtures.
Gazi also bagged the Essex Senior League manager of the month award for April to cap off a terrific season for the club.
“I’m over the moon, if you said to me we were going to finish 10th in the league, I would’ve laughed at you if I’m honest,” he said.
“For a club like Bengal to finish 10th, when everyone expects us to be relegated, is a huge achievement.
“I was really chuffed to hear I was given manager of the month for April and that made the season even sweeter. To be given the accolade – for me it’s a massive achievement – and I don’t think anyone would have expected that.”
The Bengal boss says his side really dug deep and pulled it out of the bag in the final six weeks of the campaign.
“If you go back about six weeks I was having sleepless nights and wondering if we were going to get relegated,” added Gazi.
“To turn that round in the last six weeks has been nothing short of a miracle. It’s not like I brought in new players, it’s the same faces that pulled it off.
“I did bring in goalkeeper Mahmood Suleyman and he has been exceptional for me. He played six games and we won five and drew one, so it shows that he made a huge difference.
“I’m absolutely chuffed with the way the players responded to being in the position we were. It was fight or flight, and fortunately we choose the later.
“The boys really pulled away from that relegation zone and did it in style.”
He also praised his side’s efforts to break the club’s record points tally despite, knowing they were safe with four games left to play.
“Not only did we equal the club record, we beat it quite convincingly and we got 50 points as well and played a big part in where the title went,” he said.
“We knew we’d be playing Redbridge and Basildon United and the lads wanted to have an impact on the title instead of just showing up to play or rolling over.”