PETALING JAYA: Reigning FA Cup champions Kedah have appointed Nidzam Adzha Yusof to turn their season around.
The 50-year-old Nidzam was named as the interim head coach yesterday, replacing an under-fire Spaniard Ramon Marcote.
The 40-year-old Marcote, however, did not lose his job as he was handed a new role instead — as the Kedah FA (KFA) football development head coach.
Under Marcote, Kedah have struggled to impress in the early season. They are currently lying seventh in the Super League after registering two victories and three defeats.
The Red Eagles are also out of the FA Cup and failed to retain the Charity Shield.
These dismal results have led to the fans demanding for Marcote to be sacked.
KFA, however, felt Marcote still has a lot to offer.
“Following a few discussions, the KFA top management have decided to reshuffle the coaching department by appointing Ramon Marcote as our development head coach,” said KFA chief executive officer Yusid Madeonus Mohd Yunus.
“He will oversee the existing development project and lay out a long-term plan for Kedah’s first team.
“The management felt he can still contribute with his experience and sports science expertise. His presence will be a big boost to state football.
“Nidzam will be the acting head coach of Kedah for now.”
It will be Nidzam’s second time helming the team.
Last year, Nidzam was also appointed to the same position in May last year following Tan Cheng Hoe’s departure to the national team, and did extremely well.
Nidzam guided Kedah to the FA Cup triumph before finishing runners-up in the Malaysia Cup. Kedah also finished fourth in the Super League.
Nidzam, however, stepped down to pave way for Marcote to take over.
Nidzam’s first assignment will be against Selangor at home in the Super League on April 13.
Marcote has become the fifth person involved in a coaching shake-up in the Super League after Negri Sembilan, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Kelantan and Selangor.
Negri replaced German Jorg Steinebrunner with Azraai Khor Abdullah, Kelantan brought in Syrian Fajer Ibrahim for Thai’s Sathit Bensoh (Kelantan), Argentinian Raul Longhi was promoted by JDT following Portuguese Ulisses Morais’ resignation due to family issues and at Selangor, P. Maniam was “rested” indefinitely with assistant Muhd Nazliazmi Nasir assuming the interim head coach role.