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Wednesday February 1, 2006

MPPJ to draw up new post for German coach

PETALING JAYA: Super League leaders Petaling Jaya Municipal Council's (MPPJ) coach Michael Feichtenbeiner has not been dismissed. He has just been moved to “other duties where he can be more useful.” 

Team manager Aznan Hassan said yesterday that many have interpreted wrongly the memo issued to Feichtenbeiner asking him to pass his duties to his assistant B. Sathianathan. 

“We have not terminated him (Feichtenbeiner),” said Aznan. “The team management felt that the German could be utilised in other development areas.  

SATHIANATHAN: Will take over as MPPJ coach.
“After all, we also have a highly-qualified local coach in Sathianathan. I was abroad and was surprised to read in the Internet that Feichtenbeiner's removal had been interpreted as a dismissal. 

“Why should we sack someone when the team are at the top of the table? We have bigger plans ahead for MPPJ and plan to draw up a new post for the German,” said Aznan. 

MPPJ are sitting atop the eight-team league with 16 points from five wins, a draw and two defeats. They have certainly emerged as the team to watch this season.  

With an estimated budget of RM15mil, the 2003 Malaysia Cup champions are looking for a top-three finish this time. 

They have signed up several notable local players, among them national players Yusri Che Lah, Kaironissam Sahabuddin, Tengku Hazman Raja Hassan (Perlis); K. Nanthakumar, Chan Wing Hoong (Perak); Liew Kit Kong (Kedah); Lim Chan Yew, Amir Shahreen Mubin (Public Bank); and Azmin Azram Abdul Aziz (Pahang). 

MPPJ suffered a drop in performance after a good start to the season following injuries to key players including Yusri, Kit Kong and Azmin.