KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank’s Wallace Tan is set to take over as coach of the national hockey team next month to prepare for the 2006 World Cup challenge.
But the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) will only make a formal announcement next week.
Wallace and Stephen van Huizen were the two candidates shortlisted for the coach’s job after German Paul Lissek was removed in May.
They were among the five coaches who applied for the job when the MHF called for an interview in June. The other three were A. Arulselvaraj, K. Rajan and Dr Balbir Singh.
Yesterday, Stephen confirmed that he was out of the running.
“The National Sports Council (NSC) have written to my employers (Bank of Commerce), telling them that my services will not be required. This was about three weeks ago. As such, it is clear that I’m not being considered for the job and that somebody else has already got it.”
The fact that Wallace had been given the task of preparing a programme for the hockey team for the Gemilang 2006 Project is also a clear indication that he is the preferred choice of the MHF.
He is also among the three officials who are attending an ongoing seminar organised by the NSC to finalise the details for the Gemilang 2006 project. The other two are Arulselvaraj, who earlier this year was the assistant coach of the national team, and MHF coaching committee chairman Datuk R. Yogeswaran.