By Bhas Kunju
As Radojko Avramovic prepares to depart Singapore after a near decade-long role as Head Coach of the Singapore national football team, the search for his replacement is already well underway.
Sports Recruitment International, who as reported by Goal.com Singapore earlier, have been roped in to help find a successor to Avramovic and had posted a recruitment ad on their site.
The notice, placed earlier this month, has a closing date of January 11, 2013 and is seeking, 'a dynamic, motivated and experienced Coach, to make a significant contribution to the future of football in Singapore' and 'build on its strong foundations and ensure even greater success on a Regional and International stage.'
Most notably, the new Head Coach will also be tasked with overseeing the Under-23 as well as the Under-21 teams, in addition to the senior team duties.
Speaking to Goal.com Singapore, a Football Association of Singapore (FAS) spokesperson confirmed that the new Head Coach will be required to possess at least a UEFA ‘A’ license and / or FIFA ‘Pro’ license and that experience on the international scene will not be a compulsory requirement.
"While we are seeking an experienced coach at the National Team level, we may also consider applicants who have coaching experience at renowned clubs in an international league," said the spokesperson.
"Candidates with experience coaching outside of their home country and an exposure to different cultures will also be regarded highly. Significant management and leadership experience is sought as is someone who is highly organised and an excellent communicator.
"Applicants will be required to possess at least an ‘A’ Coaching certificate or its equivalent, although a Pro Licence will be an added advantage. It is imperative that the role holder can mentor and develop our current coaches to ensure Singapore has a strong base for future development."
Avramovic's appointment in 2004 came after the departure of Dane, Jan Poulsen, who was then only the second foreign coach to lead the Singapore national team after Barry Whitbread who was in charge from 1995 to 1998, clinching the city state's first international trophy with the 1998 AFF Championship win.
FAS also confirmed that despite the global search, there will be no restrictions placed on nationality or age, adding: "There are no age or nationality restrictions on this role. The key factors include a track record, experience and a passion to further develop Singapore football. The salary and benefits package is competitive and commensurate with experience."
Sources have confirmed with Goal.com Singapore that at least one high-profile coach from a top European league has applied for the vacant position. Although the candidate in question has no experience on the international scene, he has been a regular presence in the highest tier of his home nation's domestic league and is currently unattached.
The Singapore national team will next be in action on February 6, as they start their Asian Cup Qualifying campaign away to Jordan. FAS had previously announced that a caretaker coach will lead the team should a new hire not be made in time.