Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin believes that Ong Kim Swee is a good coach and is confident that he can lead the Malaysian senior team before a new coach is appointed.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has no problem with the Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) decision to appoint Young Tigers' coach Ong Kim Swee to be the interim manager of the national team.
The decision, was announced by Vice-president of the FAM, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, and was made after all Exco Members of the association had agreed that Datuk K. Rajagopal’s contract should not be renewed after leading the team since 2009.
According to Sinar Harian, Khairy said: "For me, Ong Kim Swee is okay and he can take the responsibility and do the job well as the interim manager for the Malayan Tigers."
However Khairy added that the decision of appointing the permanent manager for the Malaysian national team is still up to the FAM.
Ong, who is currently preparing the Malaysia U-23 team for the SEA Games in Myanmar next month, will be in charge of the senior players for the first time in their 2015 Asian Cup qualifying game against Yemen next March.
Rajagopal’s reign as national head coach has come to an end after a disappointing year for the national team and after he was heavily criticised for his poor selection of players during his tenure.