Don't overload LionsXII coach

Don't overload LionsXII coach
TOO MUCH? The LionsXII coach who replaces V Sundramoorthy (standing) is expected to conduct extensive talent scouting and mentor NFA staff coaches, besides day-to-day coaching duties.

Tucked in the middle of a page in Saturday's Straits Times Classified Advertisements section is an ad for a very demanding football job.

The job is probably the most challenging in local football for the next two years.

It is simply titled "Head Coach, LionsXII", but among the key responsibilities and requirements are qualities beyond the realm of what the designation is about.

Two responsibilities, spelt out by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in the advertisement, come to obvious focus.

One, conducting extensive talent scouting across the country and overseas to ensure strong team selection.

The other, mentor and assist in the career development of the National Football Academy staff coaches. In the professional world of football, the first job is done by talent scouts, not team coaches whose primary concern should be what happens on the field, meaning tactics and formations.

The latter about mentoring should be the job of the technical director (and I understand the FAS has a full-timer in this job).

While the FAS' rallying point is, rightly, football development (within its Strategic Plan 2010-2015), asking the LionsXII head coach to do a plethora of tasks beyond his purview is missing the wood for the trees.

It is learnt that extra loads of work (that took him away from his primary task) was a bane that added to the frustrations that contributed to former LionsXII coach V Sundramoorthy's seeking a career overseas despite his successes.

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