Shillong Lajong FC and its head coach Thangboi Singto has ended their eight-year long association after the club did not renew his contract owing to uncertainties over the I-League's future.
"Singto's contract ended on May 31 and the club is yet to take any decision on his future in view of the uncertainty of Indian football top league," Shillong Lajong FC general manager Habamutlang Lyngdoh said on Wednesday. "We are yet to take a call on whether to renew the long-term contract we had with Singto depending on the future of the I-league in the country," he said.
Singto had been associated with Shillong Lajong FC since 2009 as an assistant coach before taking over as the head coach in 2012 after the club sacked Desmond Bulpin.
During his stint in the first year with the club in 2009-2010, the club ended up with a runners-up trophy at the Federation Cup. Their best performance came in 2011 when they reached the semi-final of the Federation Cup, the IFA Shield and the Durand Cup.
In 2011, the club won the Independence Day Celebration Invitation Football Tournament in Mizoram and also the Meghalaya Invitation Football Tournament. Singto expressed regret at the non-renewal of the contract in view of the circumstances prevailing in Indian football.
"I am most thankful to P D Sawian and Larsing Ming Sawyan who entrusted me with the top job to take the club forward since 2012," he said. "Although there were offers coming in from leading clubs in the country, I am yet to decide at the moment," Singto said.