|By Khalis Rifhan
The search is on for a successor to three times AFF Championship winning coach Radojko ‘Raddy’ Avramovic as the next Singapore coach.
Football Association of Singapore (FAS) had confirmed Raddy’s departure and President Zainudin Nordin also indicated that the hunt for the new coach had begun shortly after the recently concluded Suzuki Cup.
“Through our network of contacts and Sports Recruitment International’s deep connections into coaching talent, several candidates for the position of National Coach had expressed their interest over the past few months,” said Zainudin
“However, since Coach Raddy’s contract only ends at the end of this year, and in view of the National Team’s involvement in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, we did not want to undertake any in-depth discussions until after this major tournament.”
Zainudin also said that FAS are working closely with Sports Recruitment International to identify the next best person to take on the nations’ top coaching post and hinted on a possibility of yet another foreign coach at the helm.
“FAS and Coach Raddy met recently and have mutually agreed that he will not be seeking a renewal of his contract," he explained.
"We have therefore formalised our arrangement with Sports Recruitment International, an international executive search firm with regional offices in Singapore, Australia, Switzerland and the U.K, to supplement our own efforts to find the best candidate available to take on the role of Head Coach.
“Sports Recruitment International has an in-depth understanding of the global football industry, the Singapore sporting landscape and our requirements. We will work closely with them to identify qualified candidates for consideration. In addition to a proactive search, we will advertise the position so as to cast our net as wide as possible and we welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates.”In the event that a new fulltime coach is not yet identified for the Lions, FAS will appoint a caretaker coach for the team AFC Cup qualifiers in February 6 against Jordan.
“We will commence the first phase of the interviewing stage soon," added Zainudin.
"While we hope to finalise the appointment soon, we will not rush into making any decision. In the event that the new national coach could not be appointed in time for the team’s first Asian Cup 2015 qualifying match, we will appoint a caretaker coach to lead the Lions on an interim basis.”