Six names have been tipped to replace Datuk K. Rajagopal, while Datuk Ong Kim Swee also has a chance to lead the Malayan Tigers
Six coaches have been shortlisted to be the new coach of Malaysia, including former Arsenal player David O'Leary and former PSMS Medan coach Fabio Lopez.
Other than those two, other names that also being tipped to fill Datuk K.Rajagopal’s shoes are Peter Reid, Zdenak Zeman, Marcel Desailly and Bobby Houghton.
Vice President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, stated that only these six names are being considered after lots of people had applied for the job. However, according to him, the door is still open for any coaches to apply for the position.
Speaking to Utusan, Subahan stated “Many have applied. I am not going to hide, we have some great coaches applying, including David O'Leary and Fabio Lopez. But so far, we have not met O'Leary and interviewed him yet.”
In the meantime, Subahan also insisted that current interim coach of the national team, Ong Kim Swee, also has a chance to get the job on a permanent basis.
“If you asked me, I like how Ong Kim Swee handle(s) the team, especially against Yemen, and the players are also comfortable with him. Eventhough he is young with not much experience, he is still good at what he is doing, but it is up to the exco meeting later,” he added.
Subahan also insisted that the process of hiring takes so much time because the FAM is looking for a coach that can work well with other coaches and as well as Lim Teong Kim, the Malaysian Football Development Director.