PETALING JAYA: Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have relieved Bojan Hodak as their coach with immediate effect.
In a shock move on Saturday, the Johor Football Association (JFA) told the Croatian coach as well as three of his backroom staff – assistant coach Nenad Bacina, fitness coach Miro Petric and goalkeeping coach Antonio Sisic – “to take a rest”.
When contacted, Hodak confirmed he received a letter from the team management relieving him of his duties. But he refused to make any comments.
Hodak, who led JDT to their first league title last season, is the third M-League coach told “to take a rest” this season.
Last week, Armed Forces coach B. Sathianathan was relieved of his duties after the Gladiators’ poor showing with only a win in seven matches.
Last month, the Kelantan FA redesignated head coach George Boateng of Holland to senior head coach and technical director following the Red Warriors’ dismal run of results.
JDT are fourth with 15 points after nine matches in the 12-team league. They are unbeaten at their Larkin Stadium, winning all their four matches. But they have a depressing away record with three draws and three defeats. On Friday, they were beaten 2-1 by Perak at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh despite taking an early lead.
The Southern Tigers are also out of the FA Cup. JDT, finalists last season, were beaten by defending champions Pahang in the second round in March.
They are, however, going greats guns in the AFC Cup. They are the Group F leaders with nine points and just need a point to seal their berth in the last 16.