Shellito splits with struggling MPPJ after five-match winless run


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  • Saturday, 07 Jun 2003

PETALING JAYA: Coach Ken Shellito has thrown in the towel and parted ways with struggling Premier II club side Selangor MPPJ. 

Team manager Redzuan Sintol confirmed yesterday that the Englishman tendered his resignation on Monday and has left for Kota Kinabalu to be with his Sabahan wife. 

The 59-year-old former Chelsea coach's decision comes after a five-match winless run – they lost four and drew one – after a promising start to the season. The defeats included a 7-2 thrashing by Negri Sembilan on April 27. 

Redzuan admitted that the team had shown a decline in performance and said the team management were baffled by the sudden turnaround after having qualified to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup this season. They had been among the frontrunners in Premier II early on but have now slipped to seventh in the 12-team table with 21 points from six wins, three draws and five defeats. 

“We are carrying out a post-mortem to find out why they have fared badly in the last few matches.  

They were doing just fine at the beginning of the season. We hope to rectify the problem fast,'' said a disappointed Redzuan. 

As for Shelitto's replacement, Redzuan said they were already in negotiation with another foreign coach.  

In the meantime, former international Dollah Salleh would act as caretaker coach. His first assignment will be a home match against Kelantan TNB on Sunday. 

Argentine imports Juan Manuel Arostegui and Bruno Sebastian Martelotto, who were a hit with the team at the start of the season, have also shown a drop in form.  

Arostegui, who is in his second season with MPPJ, is among the leading scorer with 15 goals at the halfway mark. 

Shellito has been in Malaysia for 12 years and he has had stints with Perak and Kuala Lumpur before joining Sabah in 1998. 

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