Football

Published: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 9:27:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 11, 2014 MYT 9:45:22 PM

Khairy: No reason to hire top coach for Malaysia

Not good enough. The Malaysia football team leave the pitch after losing to Indonesia in the semi-final at the Myanmar SEA Games last December. - Filepic

Not good enough. The Malaysia football team leave the pitch after losing to Indonesia in the semi-final at the Myanmar SEA Games last December. - Filepic

SEPANG: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin believes that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) should reconsider their plans to hire a world-class coach for the national team.

He said that FAM had the right to appoint anyone for the job but felt that the standard of local football did not justify their plans to hire a world-class coach.

“If we are competing at the world level, then maybe we can have a world-class coach for the national team,” he said, stressing that this was his personal opinion.

“We are limited by the talent we have in the national squad and I think it would be better if the money spent to hire a world-class coach be spent on development instead.”

The FAM recently announced that they are trying to get Frenchman Philippe Troussier to replace Datuk K. Rajagopal, whose contract was not renewed when it ended in December.

Besides Troussier, former Roma manager Zdenek Zeman is also reported to be under FAM’s radar.

It was reported that Troussier would only consider an offer of US$1.52mil (RM5mil) a year or US$126,805 (RM407,000) a month.

It is also learnt that Troussier’s appointment comes as a package deal which would include his back room coaching staff.

Khairy also announced that the ministry is partly funding Harimau Muda A’s stint in the Queensland League in Australia beginning March. The team, coached by Datuk Ong Kim Swee, will compete in the league until October. The cost for the stint is estimated at RM4mil.

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