THE look of disgust and disappointment are all over the faces of the Perak football team supporters.
Most fans had nothing to say to MetroPerak about the team that had performed badly in the Malaysia Super League, which ended last week.
Perak finished eighth in the 12-team league with 28 points, while Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) were the champions with 46 points.
The team was also blasted by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir after their shambolic 4-1 loss to JDT at the Larkin Stadium in the middle of August.
Dr Zambry said players, the management and coaching staff would be fired if needed.
The team’s final match against Selangor in Ipoh also ended with a 2-0 loss.
A trader who wished to remain anonymous said most fans were left dejected by the abject performance from the team.
“I thought we started the season well. Then, our key players were injured and the team began to fall apart,” he said.
“I understand that these kinds of things happen in football but supporters really wished that the team had more fighting spirit in them,” he added.
The 34-year-old supporter said he hoped to see some changes in the management of the team.
“Unlike JDT which has financial backing from the Johor prince, the state could only rely on support from local corporations or private entities.
“I hope that there would be less politicking and more focus given on helping the team,” he said.
“Those involved should really work together for the future of the team,” he added.
Perak Football Association Fan Club president Syamsul Bahrin Putra Ahmad Shibi said the team needed a new coach to replace Datuk M. Karathu.
“Though the Mentri Besar recommended that the team be reshuffled, I feel the team is good enough. “Maybe just two to three players need to be changed.
“The team needs to first get a new coach,” he added.
Syamsul Bahrin Putra said the team had changed coaches three to four times in the past few years, thus there was a lack of consistency.
“When a coach changes, the tactics and training methods change too.
“We need someone who knows what style to play and which players he would need,” he said.
“The manager of the team would then set out to find these players and manage the team.
“No one else but the coach should interfere with how the team should play,” he added.
He also said that like all fans, everyone hopes that the state team would return to its glory days.
“We were winning lots of trophies back then. All supporters want to see that again,” he said.
Perak Die Hard Fanz club president Roslan Mat Baharom, 43, said there was a need for a new coach while the current players need not be reshuffled.
“The players are good enough to play for the team. The losses in the last four games were against the top four teams – JDT, Selangor, Pahang and Terengganu.
“We also lost our two main foreign forwards – Chad Souza and Woong Namkung,” he said.
“If we reshuffle the team, the players’ morale will be lower. We still need these players to prepare for the Malaysia Cup,” he added.
Roslan believes that the team would be able to bounce back once all players are physically fit and prepared.
“It is a good team. Our reserve players can also play well despite the lack of experience.
“Together with our foreign players, we can recover and come back stronger next season,” he said.