JOHOR BARU - Fandi Ahmad, the former coach of Johor's Darul Takzim, has resigned from all posts in the Johor Football Association with immediate effect.
Fandi, a former Singapore international, was the Darul Takzim coach for the past season before being made team manager, which many saw as a demotion.
Darul Takzim failed to impress in the Super League or the FA Cup despite a star-studded squad that included A-list players like Spaniard Daniel Guiza, Andre Rocha da Silva of Brazil, Argentina's Leonel Nunez, and the cream of Malaysian football like Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, national team captain Safiq Rahim, Safee Sali, Nurul Azwan Roya and the Radzak twins Mohd Aidil Zafuan and Zaquan Adha.
In the FA Cup final, Fandi made changes within the first few minutes which many believe put his team at a disadvantage, eventually losing to Kelantan 1-0.
Fandi, was subsequently removed as coach and made team manager. Johor's Premier League coach Azmi Mohamed was promoted as Darul Takzim coach while former Valencia and Atletico Madrid manager Cesar Ferrando Jimenez has been hired as chief coach.
When contacted, Fandi said football was his life and it gave him a life to live, thus giving back something to the game is what he would like to do.
Fandi said coaching was what he loved most besides being happy with the job. And his decision to quit the team was in the best interest of both parties.
The Singaporean reiterated that his decision was discussed at length and agreed upon amicably.
Echoing the same sentiments was Johor FA secretary Fahmy Yahya, who added that the door will always be open for Fandi, who, according to Fahmy, is a part of the Darul Takzim family.