The Perak Football Association (PAFA) announced on Wednesday that they have terminated the contract of head coach Karl-Heinz Weigang by mutual consent with immediate effect. In a press release, it announced the appointment of former Selangor head coach Mehmet Durakovic as his replacement.
This decision came despite the octogenarian having led the Bos Gaurus to a 2-1 victory over defending Super League champions JDT last week, and the fact that they are also only one point behind league leaders Kedah, and are only separated with Pahang in second place on goal difference.
After he joined Perak in the middle of the 2016 season for his second stint with them, he also lifted Perak from the tenth position to finish sixth by the end of the season. PAFA initially appointed Weigang as their head coach last year as part of their three-year development plan for football in the state of Perak.
In his first stint with Perak, he managed to guide the team to the 1998 Malaysia Cup title.
Rumours of the German's departure from Ipoh have been circulating for days, after he repeatedly expressed his unhappiness at the lack of professionalism in Perak FA's management.
The rumours started to grow stronger after he was barred from speaking to the press by PAFA after his side defeated JDT.
On February 11th, after Perak’s 3-0 shock away defeat to PKNS FC, the 81-year old went up to the fans and said “I’m finished. I’m going home”, a remark that might have indicated that he knew his second stint with Perak was about to end.
He has often slammed and criticised his own team this season, despite them having picked up three wins in five games and their current league position; in third at the moment. He once complained after their 3-2 league win against Melaka United FC that his team's performance was embarrasing, and also urged them to start playing good fotball after their 1-0 win away at Penang.
His replacement, Durakovic meanwhile last coached in 2015, when he was bizarrely relieved from his duties by Selangor just days after leading them to their 33rd Malaysia Cup title.
Durakovic as Selangor head coach in 2014. Photo by Singapore FA