The Protectors are set for a new coach in 2013 with the Korean unlikely to stay beyond this season
|By Kenneth Tan
|By Bhas Kunju
Chief Editor, Goal.com Singapore
S.League club Home United are set for a new coach in 2013 after incumbent Lee Lim Saeng announced his decision to leave the club at the end of the season via social media network.
This will bring down a highly colourful three years at the Protectors for the 40-year-old, who took charge from predecessor P N Sivaji prior to the 2010 season.
As he looks back on his career in Singapore, he would reflect on a spectacular 2011 where he won his first trophy with the Singapore Cup while finishing just behind Tampines Rovers in the title race.
Before his tenure in Singapore, Lee had been serving his time at Korean powerhouses Suwon Bluewings as a staff coach.
"I took three years to get used to Singapore football, it's a different culture here but I've always respected the football here," announced Lee on his Facebook page.
"I was a footballer before and learnt football under some top Korean and European coaches. Although I can't say that I'm a good coach, I always believe footballers should prove their value through sweat, effort, patience and sacrifice without cheating.
"It's time for me to leave and I'll do my best for our last three games. I hope the people here will appreciate that I've contributed my bit for Singapore football and I wish to say I really appreciate Singapore!"
Lee was most recently embroiled in a public spat with midfielder John Wilkinson which eventually involved team manager S.Mahalingam as well. An internal inquiry was conducted after the former Singapore international publicly questioned the tactical nous of his coach which Lee took offence with.
The findings of the inquiry were never made public by the club although Goal.com understands that, Lee was initially slated to stay with Mahalingam being reshuffled to another role.
The Korean had made it publicly known that he had had little say in transfer dealings and was entrusted with a squad he had not built by Mahalingam, making life as a coach difficult for him.
Home United will play Tanjong Pagar, Courts Young Lions and Woodlands Wellington in the final three matches of the S.League. They are currently in fifth place and are out of the title race.