Right man for the job

Right man for the job
A potential changing of the guard may see V. Sundramoorthy (left) passing the LionsXII reins over to former Singapore team-mate Fandi Ahmad. LionsXII skipper Shahril Ishak says Fandi will be a hit in the dressing room.

Whoever replaces V. Sundramoorthy as coach of the LionsXII, the reigning Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions, will have big shoes to fill.

However, the Singapore football fraternity is confident that Fandi Ahmad is the best person to take over from his one-time international strike partner.

Sundram, 48, who resigned yesterday, is renowned as an astute tactician who took a bunch of inexperienced youngsters to the MSL title this year.

Fandi, on the other hand, commands a lot of respect and popularity as a former national captain, star striker and model footballer.

Eugene Loo, team manager of the Young Lions when Fandi coached them in the S. League from 2003 to 2006, believes fans are in for a footballing bonanza should the 51-year-old take over.

He said: "Fandi is a believer of attacking football. He plays to win and will never go out to play for a draw.

"His tactical knowledge is sound and he wants his players to go out there to play stylish, flamboyant and entertaining football."

Apart from his commitment to attacking football, there is also Fandi's undeniable charisma as a former icon of Singapore football.

Loo added: "There is an aura about him. His team talks are very motivational.

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