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Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 11:00:00 PM
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by k. rajan
V. Sundramoorthy: 'It is a challenge for me to bring Negri back to the Super League and I am ready for that challenge.'
PETALING JAYA: Former Lions XII coach V. Sundramoorthy is eyeing a swift return to the Super League when he takes over the reins at Negri Sembilan.
Sundram has struck a two-year deal with Negri Sembilan FA, who were relegated to the Malaysia Premier League for the 2014 season and his primary objective is to ensure the Deer return to top flight in 2015.
Having guided the Lions XII to the Super League crown this season, Sundram made a shocking decision to sign for Negri but the Singaporean said that he had made the right decision and relishes the challenge.
“The win (with Lions XII) will go into the history books for now, and as a professional coach, I must always raise the high standards that I have set for myself,” said Sundram, who will be coaching a foreign team for the first time.
“I believe there are four to five teams capable of achieving the two slots for promotion. It is a challenge for me to bring Negri back to the Super League and I am ready for that challenge.”
Sundram will only begin work across the causeway in November, but he is already on the lookout for players to fill up Negri’s roster for the new season.
The former international said that Armed Forces hot shot Marlon James – who knocked Lions XII out of the Malaysia Cup last week – will be a dream signing for the Deers.
Australian striker Joel Griffiths who plies his trade in the Chinese Super League is also on Sundram’s radar. He is also on the lookout for an Australian defender.
“Yes, I am looking at Marlon, just look at his track record. Statistics tell everything and I believe he has the capabilities to help the team. I am also looking at some other players, so we will see what happens,” said the 48-year-old coach.
“For defenders, I am looking at someone of a good height, maybe about 1.86m to 1.9m, with good aerial abilities and can chip in the goals for the team.
“It’s not easy to find, but I am looking through some recommendations by agents who have sent some players’ profiles to me.”
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