The Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) decision to appoint "technical advisers" for the head coaches of their national age-group teams has not yielded results, yet.
Last month, Singapore's Under-14 and Under-15 teams took part in separate competitions.
The Under-14 team, coached by Japanese Takuma Koga, had FAS technical director Slobodan Pavkovic as adviser and lost all three of their Group B games at the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China.
Former Lions skipper Nazri Nasir's Under-15 team, meanwhile, with former Geylang International coach Mike Wong as adviser, fluffed their lines against minnows Laos in the final group game at the AFF Under-16 championship in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, and failed to make it to the knockout rounds.
Apart from the two teams, the national Under-18 side coached by Dejan Gluscevic also has a technical adviser in former Singapore coach Jita Singh.
Some critics have wondered if the move to appoint technical advisers is necessary, especially when they interfere with training.
Egos could also be affected, as the coaches in charge of the teams are all qualified.
But the FAS insists the move to guide younger coaches like 44-year-old Koga and 42-year-old Nazri is the way forward.
In response to media queries, a spokesman said: "The appointment of technical advisers for our NFA (National Football Academy) teams is to aid the development of our staff coaches through mentorship by experienced personnel.