SINGAPORE - He is the popular choice to step into the LionsXII job in the wake of V. Sundramoorthy's resignation - and Fandi Ahmad is open to the idea of taking it up.
The former Singapore star striker told The Straits Times yesterday that he is willing to renew ties with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).
"I must listen to what the FAS has to say before committing myself to anything," said Fandi, who left the FAS fold in 2006 to coach in Malaysia and Indonesia.
"I want to know what role it has in mind for me and what it wants me to do."
Yesterday, The Straits Times broke the news that the former national captain is the favourite to replace Sundram. Sources had told this newspaper that the FAS is keen to speak to Fandi and regard him as an ideal candidate for the LionsXII job given his ability to motivate young players and rapport with football fans. One source even rated the 51-year-old's chances of landing the post at "80 per cent".
The FAS, in response to the article, said that no decision has been made on Sundram's replacement as yet.
It said that it will place an advertisement to call for interested candidates and will pick the best applicant in due course. It added that it is not intending to meet Fandi this week, as reported.
The Straits Times understands that Fandi will be asked to apply for the position formally before the FAS can make its approach.
Said Fandi yesterday: "I am open to discussion with the FAS.
If an offer comes, I will think about it seriously."
He has received offers from two Malaysian Super League sides ahead of the 2014 season. But when queried, he said his first choice is to work in Singapore.