Weaver building for Warriors future with fresh new ideas

The newly-appointed coach of the uniformed giants was relieved to put his Hougang United time behind him and is eager to push on at his new club

Former Hougang United coach Alex Weaver have been officially named as the new Warriors FC gaffer, replacing ex-Singapore international V. Selvaraj, who tendered his resignation following a dismal season that has seen the club plummet to the bottom of the S.League and crash out of both the AFC Cup and Singapore Cup.

Weaver was previously "rested" from his post at Hougang by chairman Bill Ng in April and has since been watching the S.League from the stands. It is little wonder now that the Englisman is looking forward to his new assignment and he feels that with the support from the players and management, the future looks bright for the Warriors. 

“I am excited and [it is] a good challenge for me with the negative momentum the club has had," he said.

"I think it’s the right challenge for the club as well to make this fresh change and hopefully we can see that reaction [from the team] immediately this season.

“I am relieved with this new appointment but I do not want to go on too much about the Hougang experience; it was not the best for me.

“We are certainly building for the future and that is what the club has brought me in to do.

“Fresh, new and different ideas and hopefully we can build a good end to the season and go on to the next season and really push and move the club forward.

“I will meet with the players and talk to them about their experiences with the club and also discuss about the trainings, matches and formations.” 

Weaver certainly has done his homework, having observed the Warriors' performances and absorbing hearsay from the footballing fraternity of the Warriors dressing room.

“I have seen and heard a lot externally but bringing in a new approach to training and obviously depending on what I find out about what is going on this season, it might just mean letting the players express themselves a bit more or it might mean providing discipline, tactically," he explained.

“With the foreign and local players that we have got, there are good creative attacking players and we have proved that the team can score goals and [we] just need to stop conceding at the other end.”

It was clear that the 36-year-old has been poring over the Warriors history books as he spoke of the club's past successes, and he believes that he will be able to deliver and propel the club up the league table. 

“I am very proud to be here as they won the league title eight times, [and the] Singapore Cup [four times] and just the fact that it is sort of a military organization, I think that means it is very much a part of Singapore and possibly more than just a club," he said.

“We are only five points off the top six and with the new format within the league, that is what every club is looking for and I feel it is realistic [to move to top half of the table].”

Assistant coach Herman Zailani will continue to be in charge of the Warriors' League Cup campaign as they take on Courts Young Lions on June 18. Weaver will officially assume his place on the bench during their next S.League match against Tampines Rovers on June 28.

This year, the S.League has introduced a new "2.5" round in which the league will be divided into the top and bottom six teams at the end of the second round of fixtures.

They will play another round of matches against teams in their own pool, but the seventh-placed team will not be able to move up the table even though they might end up with more points than the sixth-placed team at the end of the additional half round.