It was coronation day for Bengaluru FC on Monday. By far the most impressive debutants in the National Football League (I-League history), the Jindal Steel Works (JSW) owned outfit clinched their maiden I-League crown sans the big names, a much sought-after success formula in Indian Football.
Albeit having the resources to cash in on the marquee signings, the affluent outfit chose to funnel their money judiciously. "We could have gone for the Moon. But that was never going to be the way we wanted to about it. However, we are on the moon at the moment," club consultant Mandar Tamhane said.
"Breaking the bank balance is not a success formula. We wanted to strike a balance between player's salary and spending wisely on the other important things which are as important as buying players," Tamhane adds.