Former national player Khalid Ali believes that K. Rajagopal should step down from his post as national Head Coach before he gets fired by the Football Association of Malaysia
Former national player Khalid Ali is the latest person to urge national Head Coach Datuk K. Rajagopal to step down from his post before he get's fired by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
His comment comes after Malaysia were beaten by two Japanese clubs, including a 5-0 defeat to Shonan Bellmare, who are second from bottom currently in the J-League.
Speaking to Sinar Harian, Khalid said: "If it was me, I [would have] already fired Rajagopal because it should have happened two years ago.
"He promised to step down willingly.
"Honestly he can no longer lead the national team.
"My advice to him is: Please step down because people will be mad at him if he stays any longer."
Despite this, he still believes that Rajagopal is not a bad coach.
"It cannot be denied that Rajagopal is really good but he has reached his limit," he added.
At the same time, Khalid also urged the FAM to open their eyes and realise that it is time for the association to act accordingly as the nation’s football will continue to decline if they keep Rajagopal in charge.
"FAM always give chances to Rajagopal, which why he [is] not afraid or embarrassed every time he suffers defeat." Khalid conceded.