BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Just two days before the 2017 Malaysian football season kicks off with the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Cup match between Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) and Kedah, JDT shockingly announced that they have parted ways with head coach Mario Gomez.
The club's social media quoted club president Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim as saying; "This decision was derived for the betterment of the club as the philosophy and the direction of the club is paramount to anything else."
According to the announcement, the Argentine, who joined them in 2015, has guided them to "the Charity Shield (2016), FA Cup (2016), 2 League Championships (2015, 2016) and the AFC Cup (2015)."
The Southern Tigers now need to find a replacement for the 59-year old coach, as at the end of January they will begin their 2017 Asian Champions League qualification stage.