The Brunei DPMM coach was surprised by the appointment of the former Blackburn Rovers manager as his replacement next season, as he spoke after his team's loss to Warriors FCOutgoing Brunei DPMM coach Vjeran Simunic insists he was in the dark over the appointment of former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean.
Kean, who suffered a turbulent spell with the English club after seeing them get relegated from the English Premier League in 2012, will replace Simunic as head coach of DPMM next season.
The announcement on Tuesday came as a surprise to many - including Simunic himself.
Speaking after his side’s 3-2 defeat to Warriors FC on Wednesday evening at Choa Chu Kang Stadium, the Croatian coach revealed he had no idea about the appointment.
“I didn’t hear anything about it," the 60-year-old said. "I don’t want to comment much about this. I just want to concentrate on the remaining matches with the club."
Asked if the appointment of the former Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry City assistant coach is beneficial to Singapore football, Simunic insists that big names have to come with the intention to aid development.
“Of course, Singapore needs good players and good coaches," he said.
“But I always tell foreigners who come here that they must come with a hunger and to help the team, and not just for the money."
Turning his attention to the match, Simunic believes his side were denied two clear penalties and should have gotten at least a point.
“The first incident was a clear handball in the penalty area, but the referee refused to see, and the second was clearly a foul on Shahrazen Said," he lamented.
“You guys have a better view from up there. So you can see for yourself. But we have to accept the result and move on.”
Meanwhile, Warriors coach Alex Weaver was delighted with his side's response after their 3-0 defeat to Geylang International last Friday.
“I’m really pleased with the result and it was great to bounce back after the defeat to Geylang, the players deserved the credit for the way they did that tonight," he said.
“We showed a lot of character after going a goal down. But we managed to change things quite quickly and went more direct.”
The English coach also gave his views on the appointment of Kean and welcomed the Scot.
“It’s a strange one to be honest and I was very surprised But it’s great for Singapore football," Weaver explained.
“I’m sure he will find the experience here quite interesting. So good luck to him and I’m looking forward for him to be here next season.”