A whopping 85 per cent of Goal Malaysia readers have agreed with the Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) choice against renewing Datuk K. Rajagopal’s contract with the Malayan Tigers.
The 57-year-old’s contract is due to terminate on December 31 later this year and after a string of poor results in friendlies as well as in the nation’s 2015 Asian Cup qualifying campaign, the FAM have decided to let the coach’s tenure run out to make room for a new leader.
However, the three-day poll revealed that Rajagopal still has a few supporters as 15 per cent thought it was not the right call to show him the door.
Nonetheless, Malaysia Under-23 coach, Ong Kim Swee (OKS), has been appointed as the interim manager for the senior outfit until a new permanent coach is chosen.
Rajagopal has been in-charge of the Malayan Tigers since 2009 and during his five-year stay, he has led the team to AFF Suzuki Cup glory in 2010 but before that, he had attained the SEA Games gold medal with the U23 outfit.
It is not certain what the future holds for King Raja but rumour has it that he might be taking over the helm at last season’s Malaysia Cup winners Pahang, especially after Dollah Salleh has already tendered his resignation with the Elephants.
Malaysia have one more game left in the 2015 Asian Cup qualification and they will face Yemen on March 5 2014.
If a new coach is not appointed by that time, it will be OKS’ first game in-charge of the Malaysian senior team.