Eastick: I didn't apply for FAS job

Eastick: I didn't apply for FAS job
Former England youth coach Brian Eastick.

Former England Under-20 coach Brian Eastick has ruled out the possibility of him becoming the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) new technical director.

The local media had speculated that the 63-year-old Englishman, along with experienced coaches from Holland, Germany, France and Belgium, had been shortlisted for the post vacated by Serb Slobodan Pavkovic earlier this month.

Eastick read an online version of TNP's article on Dec 30 linking him to the vacant position and decided to respond via e-mail to clear the air.

"Firstly, can I respectfully inform you that I categorically will not be the next FAS technical director?" said Eastick in the e-mail.

"I have not applied for this position and have no intention of doing so.

"Therefore, to suggest that I am favourite for the job is frankly ridiculous.

"I am currently the first-team coach at Nottingham Forest Football Club where I am very happy and under contract."

Forest are lying in 12th place in the second-tier English Championship after beating third-placed Derby County 2-1 on Saturday.

While Eastick clarified that he did not apply for the technical director's post, TNP understands he was one of FAS' options for the job.

Unlike the other four candidates, he did not have to submit a formal application, as he already had prior communication with the FAS.

It is also believed the FAS asked British agency Sports Recruitment International to inform Eastick of its interest in considering him for the technical director's job.

HEADHUNTED

In his e-mail, Eastick detailed his involvement with the FAS, which went as far back as April 2013, during which he claimed he was "headhunted" for the post of national coach.

German Bernd Stange was eventually appointed as the Lions' coach.

Said Eastick: "It is true that in April 2013, while at the (English) Football Association, I was headhunted for the FAS senior national coach position and (I was) invited to spend a few days in Singapore in order to discuss the role.

"However, the FAS decided to appoint Mr Bernd Stange.

"In March 2014, after I had left The FA and just before my joining Nottingham Forest, the FAS asked me to conduct and write an independent report on their Elite Young Player Development.

"Based on my knowledge and experience of over 20 years as an academy director and national teams head coach, I delivered a 40-page detailed document. "I certainly enjoyed my two visits to Singapore and the excellent hospitality given to me by the FAS.

"However, I have had no communication with the FAS president (Zainudin Nordin) or general secretary (Winston Lee) since then.

"I conclude by saying I have no idea who the next FAS technical director will be or his nationality, but it certainly will not be me."

Eastick, a former Crystal Palace trainee, had previously worked with the youth academies of Birmingham City and Newcastle United.

His most famous achievement came in 2009 when he led an England Under-19 team, boasting the likes of now-established Premier League stars Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker (both Tottenham), to the U-19 European Championship final, where they lost to Ukraine.

msazali@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Jan 19, 2015.
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