ISL 2019-20: Major changes to accompany restructuring of the league
by Shubham Sharma
New Delhi: If reports are to be believed, Indian Super League 2019-20 season is set to undergo major changes as the stakeholders are set to witness restructuring of the Indian league. Backed by Guess, East Bengal will get into the elite bandwagon while their rivals Mohun Bagan are also closing in on an investor who will lead them to the new official top tier of the Indian football league.
The name of the new investor is apparently finalized and will be announced in a pre-match press conference on 27th January, before the second leg of the Kolkata derby. The likely new investor,Sanjiv Goenka is meanwhile set to emerge his Kolkata franchise ATK with Mohun Bagan. Name,logo and jersey design are being currently discussed as told by a source to Indifoot.
But this is just not it. Some more news is coming from West side of India too. Pune franchise owners are planning to merge their team FC Pune City with Mumbai outfit, Mumbai City FC. Continuous poor attendance is being speculated as a major reason why the owners are now thinking of moving away. Wadhawan Group-owned FC Pune City have been the biggest spender among all of the franchises in the Indian Super League by some distance. But, inspite of the major investment, the team has not seen enough returns and is not too optimistic about the future of holding the franchise.
As such Mumbai City FC, a side struggling to maintain the budget is looking forward to joining hands with the Pune owners, which will help the side to get rid of the financial shortage. However, the most unexpected news seems to come from far west, from the UAE. A reliable source has confirmed to us that some Arabian investors have enquired about the Indian Super League market.
The investors had a talk with members of AIFF and the Indian Super League representatives, present during the UAE vs India game. What will this talk lead to will only possibly be answerable in the days to come.