BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
UPDATE: An inside source has indicated to us that Abdul Rahman was asked to take a break by the Terengganu FA president, instead of taking it out his own volition.
In a very brief posting on the Terengganu Facebook page late Monday afternoon, the East Coast side said that their head coach, Haji Abdul Rahman Ibrahim has requested for a three-month break from his duties, which was then granted by them.
Although no mention was made of the Turtles' poor current form in the statement, with Terengganu having lost all six of their previous league matches, it is hard to believe that his decision was not made in relation to this poor run.
In his absence, the coaching duties will be shouldered by Abdul Rahman's assistant, Ahmad Yusof who in turn will be assisted by Mustapha Kamal Abdul Wahab, at least for their following two matches, against Sarawak and Sime Darby.
In March, Abdul Rahman courted controversy by openly criticising the fact that they had to train on a synthetic pitch. In response, the Terengganu FA president Datuk Wan Mohd Nizam Wan Abdul Hamid rebuked his decision to not express his grievances internally, by telling Abdul Rahman to quit if he is not satisfied by how the team is being managed.
The 69-year old coach joined his home state team for his third stint with them at the end of the 2014 season, having previously coached them in 1983 and 1998. He previously was the head coach of PKNS FC, from 2009 to 2014.
The three-month break means that Abdul Rahman will return to coaching at the start of October, although it is very rare for head coaches in Malaysian football who take a voluntary break, or those who are made to take a break, to return to coaching with the same team.