|By Khalis Rifhan
Former Indonesia coach Peter Withe's name was on the lips of Singapore football fans after a local newspaper recently reported that the Englishman was one of the candidates for the vacant national team head coach position.
But Withe's agent Ian Seddon has denied such speculation and revealed that his client is currently considering the right time to make a return to Indonesian football.
“Peter and I have never been informed of this issue [offer from the Football Association of Singapore] so this matter [of being one of the candidates] is a mystery to me and my client," he told Goal.com.
“Peter had received several offers to return [to Indonesia] but we feel that it is not the right time and condition yet [back] then - but now we are considering new opportunities in Indonesia."
Withe has enjoyed success in Southeast Asia with Thailand from 1998-2002, after which he was appointed as the Garuda's head coach from 2004-2007.
The former Aston Villa player won the ASEAN Championship (AFF Suzuki Cup now) with the War Elephants on two occasions in 2000 and 2002 and although he failed to replicate it with Indonesia, he brought the country to the finals in 2004, where they lost 5-2 on aggregate against Singapore.
Withe last coached Stockport Sports FC in the Division One North in the Northern Premier League but decided to part ways with the club in May 2012 after the club's inability to sign new players. Subsequently, he was employed as a talent scout for several English Premier League clubs.
While the FAS remains tight-lipped on the possible candidates for the hot seat, several coaches such as experienced Serie A coach Mario Berreta and former Real Madrid and Villareal coach Benito Floro have openly expressed their desire to coach the Lions.