Head coach transfers take spotlight

Today Goal cast the spotlight on the confirmed transfers involving head coaches.

It is still the early days of the transfer window, and as teams begin their rebuilding process for the new season, it is understandable for them to start the process from the top; their head coach.



The East Coast outfit wasted no time in snapping up PKNS head coach; Abdul Rahman following PKNS’ exit from the 2013 Malaysia Cup last Saturday. In the post-match interview immediately after the match, he mentioned that he would be leaving PKNS and he was in negotiation with Terengganu.  In the interview, the 67-year-old, who is also the former coach of the Malaysian national team also expressed his desire to return to his home state. And now, mere days later, the Terengganu FA has announced the signing of the veteran coach.

Terengganu FA is eager to rebuild, after failing to emulate their previous success of winning the 2011 FA Cup and qualifying for the 2012 AFC Cup, having only finished in the ninth place in the 2013 MSL.


Another team eager to rebuild, albeit from a more challenging position, is Negeri Sembilan. The Jangs finished bottom in the 2013 MSL, and will be relegated to the Premier League next season. But things are starting to look up for their fans when it was confirmed that the head coach of the 2013 MSL champions LionsXII; V. Sundramoorthy will be leaving Singapore to coach Negeri Sembilan next season. The 48 year-old is also leaving his post as the head coach of the Singapore U23 side, less than two months before the 2013 SEA Games which will be held in Myanmar.

He explained that although he was given a counter offer by the Football Association of Singapore to renew his contract with them, he decided to accept Negeri Sembilan’s offer as it would be his first coaching job abroad, and that he desires the challenge of taking the 2011 Malaysia Cup champions back into the MSL.

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