Thursday, October 11, 2012

Do Not Have To Be A Singaporean

Now that it’s confirmed Singapore national team coach, Raddy Avramovic, will leave at the end of the year, the chase is on for the next coach of our national football team. Raddy leaving will come as no major surprise to anyone as just last month he got involved in a “dispute” with the FAS (Football Association of Singapore) on the running of the local S-League.

Right now, there has been a few names tossed into the hat but one thing seems to strike out. There are calls from the Singapore public for the FAS to name a local coach. Currently the local front-runners are Richard Bok, Fandi Ahmad and V Sundramoorthy; all worthy names in local football.

Having said that; I disagree with the notion that the Singapore national coach HAS to be a Singaporean. Don’t get me wrong, I would love for the national coach to be a Singaporean, but to me being a Singaporean is less important than having the most qualified coach for the role.

The simple fact is that currently we have a terrible national team. Our team hasn’t scored a victory yet in 2012 and most of our current players are just not good enough. Our national team need to undergo a rebuilding process and for that, we need a good coach who is willing to blood new, young players into the national team.

Having a coach who is willing to do that is most important part. Whether or not that coach is local or foreign is secondary. Nationality be dammed; I think it’s far more important for the FAS to pick the best candidate than the best local candidate.


Anonymous said...

The whole FAS team should resign and let a new team with new direction take over. They have been given sufficient time to get our football up to par but it seems that we are regressing.

Let our talented footballers do their NS on the football field instead of in the army, Police etc
so that they can concentrate on the sports.

Ghost said...

I don't think it's the matter of NS. It's wasn't a problem in the past. I think the big problem is the development (or lack of) of young Singaporean players. To me, the best option is to stop getting ready-made foreign players to don the Singapore shirt and develop the young players we have. It's the best long-term solution to our problem.

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