PETALING JAYA: Former national doubles ace Tan Boon Heong has given the thumbs up to Rexy Mainaky’s return to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stable.
But the 34-year-old insisted that Rexy, who has been appointed as the deputy to coaching director Wong Choong Hann, must be given a certain extent of power for him to flourish in his role.
“I definitely see Rexy’s arrival as a massive boost for the national team,” said Boon Heong, who scaled the world No. 1 ranking with Koo Kien Keat under Rexy’s tutelage during his previous stint from 2005-2012.
“It’s just that I’m not too sure how effective he can be as the deputy coaching director. I feel Rexy needs to have some sort of power and freedom to execute his plans if his return is to make a difference.
“The BAM must spell out clearly his role and responsibilities to avoid any confusion. If possible, let him manage and oversee all the (three) doubles departments.”
Under Rexy, Kien Keat-Boon Heong ended the country’s 36-year-wait for an Asian Games gold in Doha 2006.
They also won the 2007 All-England and did well to win numerous Open titles.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong also came within a whisker of becoming the country’s first world champions but lost to Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the 2010 edition.
Boon Heong added that Rexy is the coach that fits the bill for the national team as he’s capable of bringing out the best in Malaysian shuttlers.
“As most of our shuttlers already have the talent and skills, that’s where Rexy can work wonders,” said Boon Heong.
“He’s a great coach who really knows how to motivate and inspire you. He’s also the man who can help a player improve on their technical ability and fitness.
“But when it comes to fitness, he will show you no mercy.
“He doesn’t teach you much of the skills, but emphasises discipline and mental toughness.
“That’s exactly what Malaysian players need.”