Kelantan sack Steve Darby, eye Henchoz as replacement

The Englishman was given the boot after the team lost 4-0 to Sime Darby FC, with the former Swiss international a possible candidate to take over the reins
In a shock move Kelantan FA have decided to sack their coach Steve Darby, who only took over at the beginning of this season.

The Red Warriors crashed to an embarrassing 4-0 away defeat to Sime Darby FC, which seemed to be the last straw for president Tan Sri Annuar Musa. He announced the decision to sack Darby, even as the Englishman was addressing a press conference in the aftermath of the loss.

"After discussing the matter with the team management, we have decided to release Steve Darby from his coaching duties effective immediately," Annuar posted on his Facebook page.

Annuar had already criticised the starting line-up as "silly" in another post prior to the start of the game, with the result meaning that Kelantan has won just two of their last 10 matches, which has seen them knocked out of the AFC Cup in the group stages and lose ground in the Malaysia Super League title race.

Annuar, who is in London at the moment, also posted in a subsequent Facebook update that England coach Rou Hodgson had recommended former Switzerland international and Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz as a candidate to take over.

"He undertook his pro coaching licence together with Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs." he stated. "We will consider bringing in a coach who has played at the highest levels and transfer that knowledge and experience to Kelantan players."

Annuar also confirmed to supporters that 27-year-old Ghana international and former World Cupper Prince Tagoe has been signed and that the striker should be available to face Sarawak FA in their next match.

Tagoe, who was signed on a free transfer, amassed 36 caps for his country and scored seven goals, whilst also appearing at the 2010 World Cup alongside established players like Asamoah Gyan and Kevin Prince-Boateng.