Sathia and Irfan Bakti look to swap roles

B. Sathianathan and Irfan Bakti are expected to take their 'disciples' along with them on their way out while upset Perak players are wantaways.


After being put through a week-long investigation that involved the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) by the team administration for suspicion of match-fixing following their 6-1 mauling by Sarawak, a number of Perak players are reportedly trying to leave the team at the end of this season.

They are allegedly upset at the lack of trust shown by the management, when the players are of the opinion that the heavy loss to Sarawak was an earnest defeat to a far superior team.


Rumours are currently rife that the Gladiators' funding, which had transformed them from Malaysian Premier League-padders to serious title-contenders in the past two seasons, are coming to an end at the end of this season.

On the back of this speculation, their head coach B. Sathianathan is reportedly being courted by Selangor to lead them in 2014.

Although the Red Giants' recent Malaysia Cup campaign had failed in a spectacular fashion, they will be competing in the 2014 AFC Cup as one of Malaysia's two representatives.

And as Sathianathan prefers to field players that he has been familiar with, he is also expected to take a few of his current charges at ATM along with him to Shah Alam, should the deal go through.


Despite being relegated to the Malaysian Premier League, the former Petaling Jaya-based outfit are reportedly investing more for the next season.

They are now rumoured to be in the process of persuading former Terengganu and Selangor head coach, Irfan Bakti to take charge of their squad next season.

Like Sathianathan, he is also expected to bring a number of Selangor players along with him should negotiations end successfully.
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