SINGAPORE - It was supposed to be deadline day for V Sundramoorthy, but the LionsXII coach said on Tuesday he is not ready to reveal his final decision on his future.
After weeks of speculation over whether he will leave for Malaysian club Negeri Sembilan, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) told The New Paper last week that they expected an answer from Sundram over whether he would accept their new offer by the end of last month.
Speaking to TNP on Tuesday, Sundram said: "I told them I will decide very soon, but right now, I just want to focus on the job at hand, which is to get to the Malaysia Cup final."
The LionsXII go into the second leg of their Malaysia Cup quarter-final against ATM FA at Selayang on Friday 1-0 up.
The reigning Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions are 90 minutes away from a spot in the semi-finals, which perhaps explains why the 47-year-old is reluctant to give an answer.
Responding to queries from TNP, an FAS spokesman said: "We have always maintained that we would like to renew coach V Sundramoorthy's contract, which will expire in late December 2013, and we had earlier offered him a competitive and attractive package aimed at renewing his contract.
"Coach Sundram had earlier informed us that he will let us know of his decision by the end of September. However, he has since requested for another week to consider the offer."
With no decision yet, it means a delay in confirming who will lead the Singapore Under-23s at the South-east Asia (SEA) Games, which will be held in Myanmar in December.
If he does stay, Sundram is expected to be the coach of the Singapore U-23s at the SEA Games, with the bulk of the players coming from the LionsXII squad.