Right man for the job

Right man for the job

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 on Tuesday, 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.

"He walked the talk. He led by example through his hard work, punctuality, discipline. He gave his heart and soul to the job and had the traits of a good coach."

National and LionsXII captain Shahril Ishak believes Fandi can win over the dressing room.

The 29-year-old said: "If Fandi becomes the LionsXII coach, every player will play for him, as we look up to him on and off the pitch.

"He's attack-minded and likes to give chances to younger players. We hope he will be the new LionsXII coach."

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