Sundram set to helm Negeri

Sundram set to helm Negeri
JULY 2: LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy is thrown in the air by his players after they beat Felda United.

The search is on for a new coach for Singapore's SEA Games football team.

This, after sources confirmed that V. Sundramoorthy is set to join Malaysian club Negeri Sembilan in November, after the ongoing Malaysia Cup campaign ends. The Straits Times learnt that the 47-year-old, who recently led the LionsXII to the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title, has agreed a two-year, double-your-money deal to helm Negeri next season.

This means he will not lead the national Under-23 side at the December Games in Myanmar. Courts Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar will likely be handed that job, with national coach Bernd Stange in an advisory role.

Sources said that a deal was struck between Sundram and Negeri officials during talks a fortnight ago, before the LionsXII's disappointing Malaysia Cup campaign kicked off.

Both sides had agreed not to speak publicly on the matter until he serves a two-month notice to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) next week. His current contract expires in December.

When contacted on the subject on Wednesday, Negeri's media officer Abdul Malek Hassan said: "You will know soon enough." Sundram himself declined comment on that night.

The New Paper had previously reported that last year's Treble winners Kelantan and Negeri had offered Sundram deals.

An ST source confirmed that Negeri's offer would double the coach's salary to around $15,000 a month. It is believed that the FAS had also offered a two-year extension with a wage bump to around $11,000, but it could not guarantee Sundram that he would take over as national coach - a job which the tactician has always wanted - one day.

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