Bojan Hodak takes JDT hotseat

The Croatian tactician has now been called up to replace Cesar Jimenez to finish what was left undone by the former Atletico Madrid coach

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It’s not been officially been announced yet, but it has been spread widely on social media that the coach of the Southern Tigers, Cesar Ferrado Jiminez, has been asked to step aside due to unacceptable results which see Johor Darul Ta'zim sit in the sixth place at the end of the first round of fixtures.

An insider of Johor Football Association confirmed with Goal Malaysia that former Kelantan head coach Bojan Hodak will take the job on until the end of the season.

He also stated that the track record of JDT under Jimenez was the key factor in the decision that was made by the management.

“We had played well, held onto possesion, but still, the results were unacceptable. In football the most important thing is the results. No matter how well you play, (if you) can't get good results, it is unacceptable,” the insider said.

Cesar Ferrado Jiminez was bought into the club earlier this season, and he targetted at least one piece of silverware to be brought to the Southern Tigers after several years of drought. The President, Tunku Ismail ibni Tunku Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor, also included several big names including Luciano Figueroa and Pablo Aimar into the squad to reach his goal.

“With all the results, it is not good. The only result I think is appropriate for a team like JDT is when we won against Selangor,” he added.

JDT have recorded only four wins, along with four draws and three losses in league fixtures so far. They however are still in the FA Cup, with a tie in the semi-finals against Pahang in May.