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The Italian defender has been tipped to fill the role vacated by Ronald Smith after a recent meeting with the club

Former Italy defender Marco Materazzi has emerged as a potential candidate to take charge of Malaysia Super League side Pahang FA, according to recent reports.

The 40-year-old has come up as a somewhat surprising choice after a recent meeting with the president of the Pahang Football Association (PBNP), with Utusan Malaysia indicating that sources suggest Materazzi will take charge for the remainder of the season.

Pahang recently terminated Ronald Smith's contract earlier this month, after their poor form in the league. The team currently six sixth out of 12 teams in the table after seven games.

Pictures showing Materazzi with PBNP officials have spread on social media, although PBNP secretary-general Fuzaimie Ibrahim refused to comment when contacted. Pahang assistant coach Zainal Abidin Hassan also indicated he had no knowledge of any such meeting.

Materazzi is most famous for being on the receiving end of a headbutt from France legend Zinedine Zidane when both teams met in the 2006 World Cup final, which the Italians went on to lift.


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