TMJ keeps door open for the return of Morais

Johor Southern Tigers
The owner of Johor Darul Ta'zim is confident of a possible return of former head coach Ulisses Morais back to the Super League champion.

Morais left the club in late February to return to Portugal to be with his family member who has health problems. Raul Longhi has since taken over the head coach role at the Southern Tigers but HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ) is eyeing a return for his former staff.

While there are no definite date given in his statement through the club's official page on Facebook, TMJ was full of praise for the work and relationship he had with Morais and still pined for the day the latter will be ready to return to JDT.

"I feel that among the coaches I have worked with since the transformation of JDT, he is the easiest I have worked with and is the best. Not just in terms of tactics and playing style but also the way he treats and gets along with the players individually. I learned a lot from him and I'm confident someday he will return," said TMJ in his statement.

"I have never panicked about Raul Longhi being the coach because his role has always been as a caretaker only. The reason why I have not looked for or appointed any other coach is because I know Ulisses Morais will return. He had to step away from Johor Darul Ta'zim FC (JDT) to settle his family issues in Portugal.

"Whilst waiting for Morais to return, Raul’s role in JDT is as caretaker. That's the reason why I have not signed any new coach. Personally for me, Raul is a great coach. He knows the local players better than anyone at this club as he has been working here for a long time.

"Adding to this, as caretakers, Raul and assistant Ismail Ibrahim are the best for the job because they know the players and they understand Malaysian football. Having said that, they do have their limitations. Hence, I have not set high hopes on Raul and Ismail because, as I have said, they are the caretakers."

Morais had previously led JDT to the Super League title in the 2017 season after he came in to replace Benjamin Mora who was dropped back down to Johor Darul Ta'zim II who are plying their trade in the second tier, Premier League.

In addition that, TMJ also went on to state his dissatisfaction over the performance of newly-signed duo - Harry Novillo and Jorge Santos. Only one goal has been scored between the two since they joined the team and played in the three matches that have followed.

Perhaps it is the voices of discontent from the fans that TMJ are listening to, who have high demand and are constantly hoping for immediate results. However despite the lack of goals, both players have shown that they have something to offer and it could just be a matter of time before they come into their own for JDT.