Steinebrunner replaces Kanan at Geylang

The German will take over the head coaching duties at the S.League side in addition to being technical director, while the latter will remain as the Eagles' Prime League coach
Teng Kiat

After losing all three of their S.League games so far this season, it looks like Geylang International coach Vedhamuthu Kanan has paid the price for the club's poor start.

Goal Singapore understands from the club's management that Jorg Steinebrunner will be taking over as head coach of the Eagles, while also assuming a technical director role.

It had been reported earlier in The New Paper and Straits Times that Kanan was on the way out, with former Brunei DPMM coach Vjeran Simunic suggested as a possible option as well.

Steinebrunner's appointment as technical director will "beef up our coaching methodology and philsophy", according to team manager Andrew Ang, who also confirmed that Kanan will be re-designated as the Eagles' Prime League coach instead of being sacked. This also means that Simunic is no longer in the running for the post.

New Argentinian coach Nazareno Velez remains as assistant for both the first-team and Prime League side, with his qualifications still awaiting verification by the Asian Football Confederation.

Steinebrunner, a former German youth international, played for Tanjong Pagar United in the past and has coached Woodlands Wellington as well as Hougang United. The 42-year-old won the inaugural League Cup with the Rams and has also had coaching spells in Indonesia. He left PSM Makassar earlier this year.

Geylang, who finished ninth out of 12 teams last season, brought in three Argentinians as well as experienced campaigners like Ridhuan Muhammad, Hafiz Nor, Aliff Shafaein and Hamqamaal Shah for the 2014 campaign.

However, they have been hit with injuries and results have not gone their way, with defeats to Warriors FC (2-1), Home United (4-1) and Tampines Rovers (3-0) leaving them bottom of the table as one of two teams yet to register a point, the other being Harimau Muda B.