Aide Iskandar wants to continue in role

Aide Iskandar wants to continue in role
Coach Aide Iskandar.

His name has been bandied about as a potential candidate for the vacant LionsXII head coach position.

But The New Paper understands that former national skipper Aide Iskandar has not tossed his name into the hat to replace V Sundramoorthy.

The 38-year-old (below), who is also Singapore's SEA Games coach and assistant to national coach Bernd Stange, revealed to The New Paper he wanted to continue in his current role as Courts Young Lions coach.

He said: "I'm very focused on what is happening this year, especially for the yearend SEA Games since I was appointed SEA Games coach earlier this month.

"But hopefully after that I can carry on with the Courts Young Lions role with the view to lead them in the 2015 SEA Games."

Aide's coaching career began with Sengkang Punggol in 2010 and the team finished 11th out of 12 teams.

The following season, after the club were renamed Hougang United, Aide was largely credited with turning around the fortunes of the perennial strugglers as they finished seventh out of 12 teams.

After a year out of the SLeague, he was appointed Young Lions coach for this season, but could not lift them off the bottom of the table.

To be fair, recent Young Lions teams have been affected by an exodus of top under-23 players to Malaysian Super League side LionsXII, as well as National Service commitments that has led to irregular attendances for both training sessions and matches.

And Aide is confident of a better showing next season. He said: "They are starting to gel and they will be more mature.

"If some of the LionsXII players join us, that will be a boost and we will also add some NFA players to ensure continuity through to the 2017 SEA Games."


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