Marcel Desailly expresses interest in Malaysia national coaching role

The former World Cup winner and French international has stated that he is ready for the job and has already held talks with the Football Association of Malaysia
Former World Cup winner Marcel Desailly has declared that he is "ready to coach" Malaysia, and that it is up to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) whether they want to hire him.

The former French international told The Star that he has already had talks with FAM and is more than willing to bring his experience and credentials to Malaysia if given the chance.

"I am ready to coach," the 45-year-old stated.

"I have already informed them of my availability and left it to the people in charge to decide a couple of months ago. I have already got my coaching badge and bring with me all my knowledge of the game and coaching philosophy.

"I hope I can bring a winning mentality to Malaysia. There is no issue coaching in any part of the world as it is all about mastering skills and teaching the right basics."

Born in Ghana, Desailly represented France at international level and won the World Cup in 1998 with them, as well as the European Championships in 2000. The centre-back most notably played for Chelsea, Marseilli and AC Milan at club level, winning the Champions League once with each of the latter two.

The current interim coach of the Malaysia national side is Datuk Ong Kim Swee, who took over after FAM's negotiations with Philippe Trousier broke down earlier last month.