Champs Tampines already looking ahead to improve in Cup competitions

Champs Tampines already looking ahead to improve in Cup competitions
Tampines Rovers chairman, Teo Hock Seng.

His side had just completed a hat-trick of S-League titles but Tampines Rovers chairman Teo Hock Seng was hardly overjoyed at their domestic dominance.

"We wanted more this year," the 67-year-old said matter-of-factly on Sunday night, after his side were crowned champions when title rivals Albirex Niigata stumbled to a 1-2 loss against Balestier Khalsa.

Indeed, winning the S-League was just one of three objectives he had set for the team at the start of the season.

The Stags were also tasked to mount a serious assault on the RHB Singapore Cup, and make it past the Asian Football Confederation Cup group stage.

Neither of those two targets was met.

So it was back to the drawing board for the chairman and his technical team, as they convened Monday morning to plan for the next season - even with four matches to go this year, the first of which ended in an inconsequential 2-0 defeat by Home United last night.

One of the items on their agenda would undoubtedly be the search for a new coach, with interim boss Tay Peng Kee keen on returning to his role as general manager after this season.

Teo is on the lookout for a coach who can galvanise the dressing room.

"It's only when the players are happy that they will deliver," said the man affectionately known in the local football scene as "The Godfather".

It is believed that he would prefer a local coach though Briton Simon McMenemy - who led the Philippines to the semi-finals of the ASEAN Football Federation Cup for the first time in 2010 - on Monday expressed an interest.

He will not be the only foreigner Tampines will scrutinise closely, with the club set to adopt a different approach after two hit-and-miss years with players sourced from abroad.

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