PETALING JAYA: E. Elavarasan is known as the coach with the Midas touch – and Premier League side Sarawak United are banking on that reputation to help them win promotion to the Super League this season.
Elavarasan, who has worked miracles in the M-League before, whipping up unfancied sides into title contenders, was signed on by Sarawak United early this month.
He had previously guided several teams to promotion to the Super League – Public Bank (2003), Melaka (2008), Felda United (2010) and most recently Police last season.
Sarawak United were known as Selangor United until they were bought over by the Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) last December and relocated to Kuching for the 2020 season.
The 55-year-old coach was signed after Spanish coach Magro Olivera failed to impress in their pre-season.
Elavarasan said he was looking forward to the challenge and has picked state teams – Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Negri Sembilan – as the favourites for promotion.
“We are a new side while Penang, Kelantan, and KL are more established teams... it will be tough but I have faith in the team and the hard work shown by the players, ” said Elavarasan.
“I came in later into the team so the squad was already decided. I have brought in a few players to strengthen the team and we’ll see how it goes.
“Maybe we will have to strengthen the squad in the second transfer window.”
Sarawak United, nicknamed the Golden Hornbills, have signed former internationals Amri Yahyah, S. Veenod, S. Chanturu, and Liberian international Patrick Wleh to boost the squad which consists mainly of local Sarawak players
Elavarasan who had coached Wleh with Police last season, said he signed players who have proven quality.
“We signed players who we felt can improve the team, Amri is one of the most experienced players in the M-League... as for Veenod, we felt we needed a player with high work rate in the midfield, ” said Elavarasan.
“I am very familiar with Wleh and believe he can fit into our plans. We operate on a modest budget so we didn’t splurge on big-name signings.”
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