BAM are looking at a number of candidates for the coaching director job, including former national chief coach Misbun Sidek (right), seen here giving world No.1 Lee Chong Wei some instructions during a tournament in 2011. - Filepic
BIRMINGHAM: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are in no rush to hire a national coaching director or a supremo just for the sake of it.
With the future of Malaysia’s badminton hanging in doubt should world No.1 Lee Chong Wei eventually calls it a day, there is a sense of urgency in searching for someone to chart Malaysia’s future.
Former national coach Datuk Misbun Sidek, who left the BAM in 2011, is currently the top choice to make a comeback.
But BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria said that while it was important to have a supremo in charge, they are in no rush to name their candidate for the job.
“Misbun is one of our shortlisted candidates, but he is by no means the best candidate,” said Norza.
“I would say he’s the natural choice because he has been around and he has also brought Chong Wei to greater heights.
“I know he’s here in Birmingham as well but I’ve yet to meet him to discuss about the possibilities of returning to BAM.
“We are also looking at other candidates like Morten Frost, a few coaches from China and several ex-national players as well to step into this role.
“Ultimately, we do not want to bring someone in just for the sake of filling the vacant position. It’s no secret we need a coaching director as other countries like Japan, South Korea and Indonesia have progressed, as well as China ... and we’re still stuck at the same level without progressing much.
“But the person whom we bring in has got to be one who has leadership qualities, command respect from the players, instil discipline and create the hunger in players to win tournaments.
“Let’s face it. Apart from Chong Wei, no one in the national team has that winning mentality and hunger.
“As far as we are concerned, it is also important that the supremo understands the culture and background of badminton in our country.’’
Norza added that the BAM would give the new coaching director a free rein to run the team without any interference.
“Whoever we bring in, we need to trust him to turn things around for us. He will have no interferences in terms of coaching and talent identification,” said Norza.
“The KPI for this role is simple. There has got to be progress over time because we want to see Malaysia produced quality players in quantity.
“There’s no deadline for the appointment. Of course, it’s always better to be sooner rather than later,” added Norza.