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Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi on Mile End Mission to develop his youngster and surprise people in Essex Senior League

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 August 2016

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi talks to his players during a friendly fixture. Pic: Alam Zaman.

Sporting Bengal United manager Imrul Gazi talks to his players during a friendly fixture. Pic: Alam Zaman.

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East Londoners improved under Anwar Uddin during the 2015/16 campaign and looking to make their mark in division once again

New Sporting Bengal boss Imrul Gazi is determined to help his players develop during his first year in charge of the Essex Senior League club.

After Anwar Uddin stepped down as manager at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, Bengal’s under-14 coach has stepped up to handle the first team.

It is a big task for Gazi, but he is confident he can bring success to the Mile End Stadium club and help players from the community progress in football.

Towards the end of Uddin’s spell in charge of the east Londoners, he helped several members of his squad play in the Ryman League and his successor is looking to do the same after recruiting various players from the Bangladesh Football Association’s Summer League.

Gazi said: “I think word has spread that we have a lot of boys from the community playing for us this year. My vision is to give players from the BFA Summer League a platform to play semi-professionally.

“I want to give them a chance, help develop them and maybe push them on to the Ryman League or higher.

“We want to try and give more opportunities to kids in the community and help them progress up the ladder.”

Bengal’s new manager was full of praise to the BFA, for giving him a chance to manage the east Londoners, and ex-boss Uddin.

Gazi does want to put his own stamp on the club and has plenty of big ideas, adding: “One of the things I did want to change is our style of football. I have my own ideas of how I want my team to play. I’ve come from a background of youth football and have been hugely successful with my young teams.

“We’ve won everything you can over the last few years in the east end of London. Looking at last season, Sporting Bengal played a very typical non-league style, down the channels and physical at times.

“I’m looking for us to keep the ball on the floor and I feel the team is buying into that brand.”

Bengal enjoyed an upturn last year under Uddin’s management as they finished 13th having been bottom of the standings during the 2014/15 campaign – only winning give games.

Although Gazi’s squad lack experience, they believe they can surprise people this season. He added: “We have a very young side, it might take a few weeks for us to gel, but I’m confident I have the right people in place.

“We have some really technically gifted players and I’m sure people will be surprised about how good they are. Hopefully they can express themselves, that is what we want and they can enjoy a lot of success this season.”

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