Datuk K. Rajagopal was shown the exit by the Football Association of Malaysia but was that the right decision?
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have finally decided against extending Datuk K. Rajagopal’s contract.
His five-year tenure as head coach of the Malaysian senior team has come to an end after leading the Malayan Tigers through a string of losses in international friendlies as well as 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers over the past couple of months.
Malaysia only have a blip of a chance to qualify for the finals in Australia if they win their next game and also if results of other games turn in their favour.
King Raja has lead Harimau Malaya to AFF Suzuki Cup glory in 2010 but before that, he had attained the SEA Games gold medal with the under-23 outfit in 2009.
The 57-year-old’s failure to register victories was followed by his persistence to maintain underperforming players in the starting XI.
Soon enough, fans were very critical of Rajagopal’s decisions and have even called for his sacking.
In the meantime, before a new head coach is appointed, under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee will be the interim boss.
Now that the FAM have confirmed Raja's departure from the national outfit as head coach, do you think it was the right decision?
HAVE YOUR SAY
Rajagopal is no stranger to success and with the decision against his contract extension, do you think he could have turned things around with a little more time?
Or did the FAM do the right thing in letting him go to make way for new blood as the head coach of the Malaysian senior team?