Sathianathan tells coaches not to be afraid of fighting for their rights

Take a stand: B. Sathianathan (right), the president of the Football Coaches Association of Malaysia, wants coaches to inform the association of grouses and unfair treatment from the various football teams.

KUALA LUMPUR: Flaws in contracts offered to coaches have complicated the efforts of the Football Coaches Association of Malaysia (PJBM) to seek justice and compensation for those facing issues such as unpaid salary arrears.

PJBM president B. Sathianathan said it was difficult for the association to help the coaches if the contract signed with the team did not clearly lay out the terms.

He said there were three types of “contracts” used in Malaysia, the first of which is just a one-page offer letter to the coach to help assist the team, but is void of clear details, and thus cannot be considered a contract.

“This happens when a coach, especially a new or young one who has another job, takes unpaid or unrecorded leave to try his luck in coaching, ” said Sathianathan.

The second is a conditional contract and the third one stipulates the time frame in a most appropriate way.

Sathianathan, who is also the head coach of Super League side Selangor, has urged the coaches who have yet to receive salaries or compensation from their teams to report to PJBM.

“The PJBM or I are not magicians who can know that coaches are being mistreated, if not reported. If the coaches don’t come forward, we wouldn’t know... If they are afraid of their welfare, of action being taken against them, then don’t become a coach, ” he said.

“We have a contract, so we have to fight for our rights. Do not be afraid of not getting another job later, or that the (respective) associations will not hire you.

He said there may also be some coaches who were taking a silent approach and waiting for the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to solve the salary issue.

FAM, however, have asked the teams to pay at least 25 per cent of the total salary to the players and coaches involved in the competitions that were cancelled.

The tournaments called off are President’s Cup, Youth Cup and Malaysia Premier Futsal League (MPFL), while the Super League and Premier League were delayed for more than five months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. — Bernama.

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