PETALING JAYA: Selangor coach B. Sathianathan has both feet firmly on the ground despite being touted as the favourite to land his fourth Best Coach award at the 2019 National Football Awards.
The former national team coach is among three nominees – the others are Kedah’s Aidil Sharin and Pahang’s Dollah Salleh – at the 13th edition of the awards night in Bangi tonight.
The 61-year-old Sathianathan said that making the top three among his peers was an honour in itself and believes Dollah and Aidil have a better chance of winning the award.
Sathianathan’s debut season with the Red Giants saw them finish third in the 12-team Super League and reach the semi-finals of the Malaysia Cup. They were knocked out in the second round of the FA Cup.
“I would like to thank everyone who voted for me to be among the top three coaches in the country... I’m here because the players have always given their 100% commitment and the cooperation from the management, especially the Raja Muda Selangor (RMS) Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, ” said Sathianathan who won the award with Kelantan in 2010, Armed Forces (2012) and Felda United (2017).
“At the beginning of the season, it was a bit chaotic with the team and many asked me to resign but RMS was confident in my abilities and let me work on the team.
“Aidil has led Kedah to the FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup final and finished fourth in the Super League while Dollah helped Pahang finish as Super League runners-up and also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.”