David wants Sarawak stay

Sarawak interim coach David Usop has stated his intentions to stay at the club after narrowly going down to 32-time Malaysia Cup champions Selangor in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Former national coach K Rajagobal takes charges of Sarawak from December 1 and is expected to ring in the changes at Sarawak, who finished ninth in the MSL and limped into the Malaysia Cup knock-out stages.

The Croc’s Malaysia Cup campaign ended after their 1-1 draw at Shah Alam Stadium meant Selangor prevailed 3-2 on aggregate following a 2-1 away win in Kuching last Tuesday.

The future of caretaker coach David Usop is uncertain as the East Malaysian side have yet to hold talks with their long-serving coaching staff, but he told reporters on Saturday that he wants to remain in the set-up.

“I don’t know what the plans are going forward. No talks have taken place. Rajagobal comes in for next season and I’m sure he has his plans too,” he said.

“I was given a task to replace Robert Alberts until the Malaysia Cup ends and I have done my job now. It is unfortunate we were knocked out but many young players in my team can hold their heads up high.

“Personally, I’d like to stay on here. I have so much more to learn and Rajagobal is someone who brings bags of experience to Sarawak. I hope I can learn under his guidance.”

David took charge of Sarawak’s final seven MSL matches where they collected six points – including a home 2-1 home win over FA Cup winners LionsXII.

In the Malaysia Cup, Sarawak were staring at the exit but managed to hold AFC Cup winners Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-1 in Larkin in their final group match to secure second spot in the group.

David has been with Sarawak since 2007, working with the President’s Cup team until being promoted to the senior team as assistant coach in 2013.