Dollah Salleh appointed Malaysia head coach

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have today confirmed the appointment of Dollah Salleh as the new head coach of the Malaysia national team.

Fresh from leading Premier League side PDRM to top-flight promotion, the Malacca-born coach, who played for the national team between 1985 and 1996, was reportedly handed a two-year contract to replicate his local football success on the international scene.

A number of local and international figures, including former Japan manager Philippe Troussier, was linked to the job prior to the confirmation.

Ong Kim Swee, the outgoing interim head coach who had been looking after the Harimau Malaya following the departure of K. Rajagopal in December 2013, gave his support to the appointment.

"Dedicated and with a proven record of success, Dollah Salleh really deserved to be head coach of the Harimau Malaya. Congratulations and good luck," Ong tweeted on his official account.

Besides PDRM, Dollah Salleh previously oversaw a treble-winning Selangor side and Pahang, where he led the Elephants to their first Malaysia Cup glory since 1992.

One of his first roles with the national team will be to prepare them for the upcoming 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, which will be held in Singapore and Vietnam at the end of the year.