Six names on FAM shortlist for Malaysia job

Marcel Desailly and David O’Leary have been shortlisted to be the new national team head coach, while current interim coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee also has a chance to take the helm
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has shortlisted six names to be the new coach of Malaysia.

The list of potential coaches include former Arsenal player and Aston Villa manager David O’Leary, former French international Marcel Desailly, Peter Reid, Zdenak Zeman and Bobby Houghton.

However, FAM vice-president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal has indicated that the door is still open for other coaches outside of the list to apply for the position.

“Many have applied [for the post], he said to Utusan.

“I am not going to hide, we have some great coaches applying, including David O'Leary and Fabio Lopez.  But so far, we have not met O'Leary and interviewed him yet.”

Meanwhil, Subahan also insisted that the current interim coach of the national team, Ong Kim Swee, has a chance to get the job on a permanent basis as well.

“If you ask me, I like how Ong Kim Swee handled the team, especially against Yemen, and the players are also comfortable with him,” he said.

“Even though he is young with not much experience, he is still good at what he is doing, but it is up to the exco meeting later.”

Subahan explained that the process of hiring takes a lot of time because the FAM is looking for a coach that can work well with other coaches as well, including the Malaysian football development director, Lim Teong Kim.