Patrick Vallee: I have long-term vision for football development here

The newly-appointed Tanjong Pagar head coach aims for a mid-table finish next season, and hopes to get the fans flocking back to Queenstown Stadium for quality football

Former Etoile FC coach Patrick Vallee has been revealed as the new head coach for Tanjong Pagar United FC (TPUFC), after the Frenchman signed a one-year deal with the option of a further year-long extension.

The Frenchman had led Etoile to the S.League and League Cup double in their maiden year back in 2010 before resigning shortly after, but had expressed a desire to stay in Singapore to lead a local club.

“My first game upon [my] return to Singapore was at Queenstown Stadium," Vallee revealed.

"As I have always wanted to coach a local club in Singapore, I asked for an opportunity for next season as I have no commitment elsewhere."

“I really want to be involved in Singapore football and I have [a] long-term vision for football development here.”

The new Jaguars coach also talked about his plans for the club next season.

“As a club with rich history, I believe TPUFC will be a very good challenge for me and I will be very happy if I can help TPUFC achieve better results next season," he said.

"My ambition for TPUFC is to improve the club football and reach [a] better standing in the table [with the aim of] mid table.”

When asked about his football philosophy, Vallee said he believed in playing a game with short passes and good team movement.

“Supporters want to watch a team play good football, and I also want to develop a winning mentality for the team," he asserted.

"To me, if you want to be ambitious, you must have a winning mentality."

Prior to his return here, Vallee had coached AFC Compiegne, a fourth-division club in France and he cited a cup encounter against Ligue 1 club Lille O.S.C. as the most exciting game during his stint.

The fixture saw his side match the defending champions for most of the game, before they succumbed 1-0 to a late 115th-minute winner in extra time.

“I am very happy to be given a chance by the club. TPUFC is not just a team. A club, including S.League, Prime League, Youth teams, Women’s team and the supporters - this is TPUFC," Vallee said.

Vallee also exhorted the fans to come down to watch the team in action.

“I hope the supporters will come to Queenstown and support the club. Most importantly, I want the supporters to enjoy coming for games,” he said boldly.