Fandi still part of Johor FA's plans

The Singapore legend has been removed as coach due to Cesar Ferrando's impending arrival but the club has stated he will remain as team manager
Fandi Ahmad may have been removed as head coach of Johor Darul Takzim (JDT), but the Malaysian Super League (MSL) will continue to retain him.

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Idris has confirmed the Southern Tigers will appoint Spanish coach Cesar Ferrando as their new man in charge, with Fandi's tenure ending after the recent MSL season, where they finished third.

The Johor FA (JFA) on Friday released a press statement confirming that the Singapore legend will stay on with him in another capacity, contrary to earlier reports that speculated Fandi was sacked.

"Currently, Fandi is serving as Johor Darul Takzim's team manager," part of the statement read.

"This current development is not because of the result of team JDT this season, which is quite an achievement considering JDT's first year in Malaysia's top-level football, reaching the FA Cup finals and finishing third in the Super League.

"JFA is appointing new manager and head coach, Cesar Ferrando to introduce a different technical approach and a positive change to the players' mentality and knowledge towards the game.

"With the arrival of Cesar Fernando, Fandi will continue to serve JFA as Head of Development and Team Consultant."

JFA's Azmi Mohamed will take charge of coaching duties until Ferrando's arrival, with the Malaysia Cup competition set to kick off on August 20.