The embattled coach plans to continue leading the Malaysian national team if his paymasters still want him to do so
Datuk K.Rajagopal will leave it to his employers, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to determine his fate as the chief coach of the Malaysian national football team.
Rajagopal’s position has come under spotlight since defending champions Malaysia crashed out at the semifinals stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup, after losing 3-1 on aggregate to co-hosts Thailand.
The former international said that he is already thinking about preparing the team for the 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers that starts in February next year, but accepted that only FAM can decide if he continues to helm the team.
“I have a contract until the end of 2013 and I am already looking at having two friendly matches ahead of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers,” said Rajagopal to aseanfootball.org, the official website of the Asean Football Federation.
“And I also plan to make some tweaking to the side that played at the Suzuki Cup. Other than that, it is up to the FAM to decide on my fate with the national side.”
Meanwhile, former head coach of Malaysia, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim urged Rajagopal to have more face-to-face interactions with Malaysian Super League (MSL) coaches.
“He should look at us as his assistants and communicate to get information about our players because we see them every day. Make it a point to come down to the training grounds to observe the trainings of MSL teams.
“We want to help him but if he isn’t interested then we can’t do much,” the PKNS FC coach told Utusan Malaysia.