PETALING JAYA: The National Sports Council (NSC) have made a proposal to the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) to replace current chief coach Raymond Arnold with Jamshed Gul.
The NSC are not happy with the current chain of command. They feel that the Pakistani's scope of responsibilities and duties does not justify the high salary drawn by him.
The NSC also feel that the under-utilised Jamshed is the more suitable head coach.
Raymond took over the post of chief coach after S. Maniam left to take up the appointment as the Asian coaching director in May 2002.
The NSC's director of international preparations, Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, said yesterday: “When Maniam left, the SRAM wanted a local person to replace him. At that time we agreed to their request.”
But the NSC now feel that the current situation is not working out well.
“All the coaches of the national teams are under the NSC payroll. We agreed to pay Jamshed's salary when the SRAM requested for his services. We are paying him a lot money compared to the local coaches,” said Shapawi.
“Jamshed is only handling the elite players – Ong Beng Hee, Mohd Azlan Iskandar, Nicol David and Sharon Wee. Beng Hee and Azlan are based overseas while Nicol and Sharon are also not here all the time. He is under-utilised.”
The NSC also feels that it was not in the order for Raymond to give instructions to Jamshed.
“Raymond is handling the back-up team while Jamshed takes charge of the elite players. Jamshed should shoulder more responsibilities.
“Success or failure of national teams should be shouldered by him,” said Shapawi.
He made it clear that the proposal was not meant at undermining the ability of the local coaches but aim at improving the standard of squash in the country.
The SRAM secretary, Wong Ah Jit, said: “We received the letter from the NSC on the matter two days ago. I have sent a copy of the letter to our president, Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir. We will have a committee meeting soon to decide on the matter.
“The chief coach bears a lot of responsibilities, which include communication which external parties, among them the international body and the parents of the players.
“I will have a meeting with NSC on Monday to discuss the squash programme and I will also seek further clarification on the matter.”