The former Premier League manager is expected to arrive in mid-November to take charge of the Bruneian side, who extended their S.League participation for two more yearsBy Teng Kiat
Reporting from Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Following Goal Singapore's revelation on Saturday night that former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean will take charge of them in the 2014 S.League season, Brunei DPMM FC officially confirmed today that the Scot will arrive at the club in mid-November.
This was revealed by club manager Waslimin Abdul Momin at the Bruneian club's participation agreement renewal ceremony with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The renewal will see DPMM continue to play in the S.League for a further two years, having rejoined the league in 2011 after being banned by Fifa from all competitions halfway through their first season in 2009.
Waslimin also added that the decision to replace current coach Vjeran Simunic, who has led them throughout their time in the S.League, with Kean was due to a desire to change their style of play. He continued by declaring that the Wasps will target the S.League title next season, having finished in the lower half of the table in the current campaign after a runners-up position last year.
DPMM will also only retain Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Tosi from their foreign contingent for 2014, with Waslimin remaining tight-lipped when asked about the reported arrival of former Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers for trials.
FAS president Zainudin Nordin was "delighted and heartened" with the renewal as he praised DPMM's commitment and support of the S.League.
"The participation of DPMM FC in the S.League goes beyond football and has not only helped raise the professional level of the S.League, but more importantly, it is another good reflection of the close friendship and relationship between the two countrie," he said.
S.League CEO Lim Chin believes that DPMM's participation has more "interesting and exciting".
"All of you will agree that each season, DPMM FC puts together a very strong team with top signings of good players from overseas and they have the best of their local players in their team," he added.
"We are delighted to continue this synergistic collaboration with one of the best organised and managed clubs in our region and it certainly augurs well for S.League."
DPMM currently sit top of Tier 2, comprised of the bottom six teams in the league, with three more games to go. They next face Warriors FC at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Wednesday night.