Mehmet Durakovic's club, Selangor are riding high at the top of the Malaysian Super League, but the Aussie coach still harbours a desire to return to the A-League one day.
Under his tenure, the club he joined in November 2013 on a three-year deal have racked up 10 wins and four draws in 17 games this season.
The Red Giants currently lead the league, two points ahead of Johor Darul Takzim (JDT).
“It’s a dream come true, really,” the Selangor coach told FourFourTwo Australia. “It’s one of the biggest clubs in Malaysia.
“While they are used to success, they lost about 80-85% of their players from last year, so it’s a young squad with all new players.
“We’ve only been together for about four-and-a-half months, but so far so good.”
Durakovic spent three successful seasons at Selangor as a player in the mid-90s.
“It’s totally different as a coach compared as a player,” he said.
“They’ve welcomed me with open arms. We’re building a team for the future and hopefully we can get a bit of success.
“We’ve had a really good start, knock on wood, things are going quite well.
“It’s unbelievable that the league is so close; one or two slip ups and you can be back in the middle of the table.”
The Super League has been boosted by an influx of money and a number of Australian players and coaches have moved to the competition in recent times, including Ron Smith and Dave Mitchell as the head coaches of Pahang and Kedah respectively.
However both of them only had short stints with their clubs.
“If things go wrong, for whatever reason, they’ll always blame either the foreign players or the coach,” he said, admitting how the Super League is a very different proposition to the A-League.
“And the first one to go is the coach.
“I really felt sorry for Ron Smith and Dave Mitchell, and now Steve Darby [former Kelantan coach] has gone as well. I’m the last one sort of left.
“It’s different here. You lose a couple of games and the spotlight’s on you, especially if you’re at the big clubs.
“Basically coaches come and go and players come and go.
“Money’s no object to them, so if you don’t do well, your head’s on the chopping block.
“That’s the job that we’re in and honestly for foreign coaches here, you need to have a bit of success and do well or they’ll get somebody else.”
Durakovic only spent a year as the head coach of Melbourne Victory before being sacked, but the 48-year old is keen to have another shot at the A-League.
“Absolutely,” he said.
“I watch the games [in the A-League] every week. I always keep in contact. That’s what my dream is: to come back to Australia and coach in the A-League again.”