Job scope for new LionsXII coach worries Kadir, Sasi

Job scope for new LionsXII coach worries Kadir, Sasi
TOUGH TASK: The new LionsXII coach will have big shoes to fill after the high standard set by V Sundramoorthy (in blue).

Is the job scope for the new LionsXII coach unrealistic?

Following V Sundramoorthy's resignation, the vacant LionsXII post is a hot seat waiting to be filled and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has set out its criteria for the new coach.

In an advertisement placed in Saturday's The Straits Times and on the FAS website, the federation listed specific responsbilities for the new LionsXII coach, such as administration and management of the team, developing and delivering a coaching programme, and working closely with the national team coach, technical director and staff coaches.

In addition, he must also have at least an AFC A coaching licence and proven experience and track record of success in football management and coaching.

However, two of the five-point "specific responsiblities", understood to have been laid down by the FAS technical team, have raised eyebrows among those in the football fraternity.

One is the extensive talent scouting across the country and overseas to ensure strong team selection, and the other is the mentoring and assisting in the career development of the National Football Academy (NFA) staff coaches.

Former LionsXII assistant coach Kadir Yahaya spoke from his experience and said: "There is just not enough time.

"If you are talking about scouting rivals, then that's fair, and we spent a lot of time poring through videos and devising tactics to counter our opponents.

"But with all the travelling and training sessions, where does the LionsXII coach find time to mentor other coaches when he has to be 100 per cent focused on his own team?"

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