PETALING JAYA: E. Elavarasan is known as the coach with the Midas touch.
The former Selangor defender has guided three Premier League sides to promotion over the last decade.
He helped Public Bank FC (2003), Malacca (2006) and Felda United (2010) win promotion from the Premier League to the Super League.
This season, Elavarasan will work his magic with PKNS FC. He has been appointed as head coach of the club side which were demoted to the Premier League last season.
“I’m ready for the challenge, but it’s going to be a herculean task.
“Most teams have secured their best buys. It will be tough with strong contenders like Penang, Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Johor Darul Ta’zim II making a strong bid to vie for the top two slots,” said Elavarasan.
Liberian hotshot Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh is one of the stalwarts of the PKNS team.
Meanwhile, Sabah have signed former Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf, the two-time African Player of the Year, for the new next season. The 33-year-old Senegalese last played for Leeds United in the English Championship.
“We are serious in our preparations and our aim is to return to the Super League,” said Sabah Football Association (SFA) secretary-general Alijus Sipil on Wednesday.
Four others – Australian midfielder Mitrovic Srecko, Brazilian defender Tales Dos Santos and strikers Eamon Zayed of Libya and Roy O’Donovan of Ireland – are now attending trials with the East Malaysian side.
Sabah have also engaged George O’Callaghan of Ireland as their new technical director cum manager. The team coach is Justin Ganai.