Chirag United's future is in doubt.

Somnath_SenguptaSomnath_Sengupta 3 Points
edited October 2011 in United SC
The future is looking extremely bleak for current Durand Cup winners due to a clash between club officials and main sponsor Chirag Computers. Chirag Computers has been the main sponsor for United Sports Club (previously known as Ever Ready) since 2006-07 season. Chirag chairman Koustav Roy accused United Sports Club officials in a press conference on 6th June. Roy’s main complaint was despite Chirag United Sports Club being a limited company, his firm Chirag Computers is not getting an share of the profits. Alokesh Kundu, a United Sports Club official, on the other had is accusing Chirag Computers to be over stepping its duties as sponsors and trying to buy out the club. As it stands the future of the club as well as its players is looking unsure. Chirag Computers is even threatening to pull out as main sponsors and start a new club of its own.

United SC officials have submitted the legal papers to remove Chirag's name from the club's name. Looks like USC need to find a new sponsor soon, otherwise they'll not make a good team.

Another club from Bengal looks all set to bite the dust. <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->
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  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 8695 Points
    I don't think United's future to be bleak if Chirag parts way. The way United SC are conducting themselves, finding a new sponsor will not be much difficult for them (look at their position in the I-league, with a modest budget), particularly with telecasting of the club's matches is on by Mahua TV.

    And I also think what they are doing regarding Chirag are right. Chirag Computers are only the shirt sponsors, they should be resisted to own the club. In India, the sponsors tend to think that they own the club, which is a bad trend.
  • ashindiaashindia 6030 Points
    I don't think United's future to be bleak if Chirag parts way. The way United SC are conducting themselves, finding a new sponsor will not be much difficult for them (look at their position in the I-league, with a modest budget), particularly with telecasting of the club's matches is on by Mahua TV.

    And I also think what they are doing regarding Chirag are right. Chirag Computers are only the shirt sponsors, they should be resisted to own the club. In India, the sponsors tend to think that they own the club, which is a bad trend.


    I don't think it is easy to find sponsors in Indian Football.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4959 Points
    I would agree that finding a sponsor is not easy in indian football. But i have my full support with United SC officials. How can a sponsor ask for share of profit? Imagine Sahara asking for profit share from Indian cricket team <!-- s:!: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_exclaim.gif" alt=":!:" title="Exclamation" /><!-- s:!: --> <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o -->

    Also, they are moving to remove the name chirag which is a positive thing. Its awful name which always repels me in spite of having Sunil Chetri in their ranks
  • Be sure to cope with another sponsor name for next season. The club was known as Ever Ready before Chirag United. Thats how they get their sponsors...
  • I don't think United's future to be bleak if Chirag parts way. The way United SC are conducting themselves, finding a new sponsor will not be much difficult for them (look at their position in the I-league, with a modest budget), particularly with telecasting of the club's matches is on by Mahua TV.

    And I also think what they are doing regarding Chirag are right. Chirag Computers are only the shirt sponsors, they should be resisted to own the club. In India, the sponsors tend to think that they own the club, which is a bad trend.


    Tollygunge Agragami faced the same issue when they lost DTDC as sponsors. They didnt get a big sponsor after that and got relegated. United SC dont have any fan base and they are not exactly an attractive investment. This is worst time to change sponsors...they might lose their best players.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4959 Points
    Chirag, United SC set to part ways
    OUR BUREAU
    Calcutta/New Delhi: The stand-off between officials and sponsors at Chirag United over ownership rights seems to have reached a point of no return on Tuesday.

    The club officials said they were in no mood to budge under pressure and are preparing to part company with the sponsors. On Wednesday, they would write to the Indian Football Association (IFA) stating the club should be known as United Sports Club for the time being.

    “We will write to IFA that the club has no sponsor now and it should be called as United Sports Club,” said an official. “We will duly inform them when we get a new sponsor,” he added.

    The club, sponsored by Chirag for the past few seasons, is registered as United Sports Club with the IFA, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The sponsors said they were betrayed by the club officials and demanded a 50 per cent stake in the club and complete freedom to the coach to select the squad for the new season.

    Chirag, who had earlier set a 48 hours deadline for the club officials to fall in line, seems to have realised the futility of trying to gain control over the club and is now looking for an opportunity to back another club in the city. It held a meeting with Tollygunge Agragami officials on Tuesday but could not reach an agreement.

    Mantu Saha, a Tollygunge official, said the offer to rename the club as Chirag United was not acceptable. “The talks, however, would continue on Wednesday,” he informed.

    The players seem to be backing the current employers in the hour of crisis. Lalkamal Bhowmick, the star of Chirag United last season, said he has several offers from other clubs but would like to stick around for some more time.

    “ I want to stay at this club as it has given me respect and stood besides me when there were none,” Bhowmick said. His views were echoed by other senior footballers including midfielder Denson Devdas and goalkeeper Abhijit Mondal
  • rudrarudra 2729 Points
    please give original links also
  • Deb_BanDeb_Ban 8695 Points
    I would agree that finding a sponsor is not easy in indian football. But i have my full support with United SC officials. How can a sponsor ask for share of profit? Imagine Sahara asking for profit share from Indian cricket team <!-- s:!: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_exclaim.gif" alt=":!:" title="Exclamation" /><!-- s:!: --> <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o -->

    Also, they are moving to remove the name chirag which is a positive thing. Its awful name which always repels me in spite of having Sunil Chetri in their ranks

    That's the point.

    But I still think, with mid-table ranking in the I-league and limited live coverage in the local market (plus chances of full visibility across the nation next season), getting sponsors will not be that difficult. Club officials though will have to hawk the team aggressively. As you have said, they should not prefix the sponsor's name with the club name -- it is not needed under the rules -- and build a strong fan base. The latter is the difficult part in Bengal, since loyalties are already firmly divided between the top three. Maybe relocating themselves away from Kolkata will help.
  • shankarshankar 2593 Points
    maybe siliguri united or durgapur united...kind of name with team relocating to that place may just do the trick for the team,which has been faring good enough in last few years...
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata4959 Points
    Thats a really good point! Football is as much popular in cities like Durgapur, Asansol, Siliguri, Kalimpong etc. But there are no clubs to support and die for. Once they find an I league team from their home all of a sudden, they will be actively supporting the club. A few concerns remain.

    1. apart from siliguri, i doubt any other city has football stadium to host i league matches
    2. Operating far from the competetive environment of Kolkata Maidan might be lil difficult
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