Because of the personality and icon of Indian soccer that he is. And leave someone of his quality, experience and professionalism. But I have to make the right decision, in my opinion, said Grayson, who has been manager since 2005 in the Championship and League One, second and third tier of English soccer, including Leeds United and Sunderland.
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The 54-year-old former Premier League player said he understood that not every decision I would make, and that he would not be happy if Chhetri did either. But if you have a professional attitude like he does, you get rewarded, as you have in the last few weeks. In the last five games, including the knockout rounds of the playoffs and semifinals, Chhetri has scored three times from the bench
Chhetri, 38, said he’s not happy to be on the bench in an ISL final or in a game of badminton or table tennis, and he (Grayson) knows it. He said they had a conversation and I knew his head and heart were in the right place. So after making a hand bite gesture, Chhetri said he keeps practicing hard.
But I will take credit for the players’ contributions coming off the bench. I know the power I have over everyone. They know that if this guy can practice hard and wait his turn, so can they, he said here Friday the day before his third ISL final. Along the way, Chhetri said there were fights on the practice field because we were hurting, and we took the easy option of giving up the season. Reputations and national team calls were also on the line, he said.
Satisfied that they were able to get this far, Chhetri said Grayson kept pointing out that we hadn’t won anything yet. And if we don’t win tomorrow, we’ll probably be forgotten, said Chhetri, an ISL winner with Bengaluru FC in 2018-19.
Chhetri said he would understand if his father-in-law Subroto Bhattacharya supports ATK Mohun Bagan. He played for Mohun Bagan for 17 years and is a legend of the club. But of this he is sure: his wife Sonam, whom he met as a Mohun Bagan player, will cheer for the team he plays for.