It is a substitution that Singapore football fans will relish: As V. Sundramoorthy vacates the LionsXII coaching post, Fandi Ahmad has been lined up to take charge when the team defend their Malaysian Super League (MSL) title next season.
A source told The Straits Times that the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) council members will be meeting Fandi over the next few days to work out a deal.
It added: "The FAS is keen to bring Fandi back. He is still highly regarded and his presence will inspire the boys. There is an 80 per cent chance of him leading the team."
Fandi, 51, could not be reached for comment.
Sundram, 48, tendered his resignation from his two coaching posts with the LionsXII and SEA Games teams yesterday. His contract was set to expire in December. He joined the FAS in 2004.
He is set to join Negeri Sembilan, who will play in the second-tiered Malaysian Premier League next season, on Nov 1.
He said: "It was not an easy decision to make - especially since FAS had earlier offered me a very competitive and fair package. I have enjoyed a close relationship with my colleagues and have also received full support from the management.
"However, I believe it is time for me to embark on a new challenge, especially since this would be my first overseas coaching assignment."