Gomez: ‘I have an easy job at JDT’

Four trophies in one year is an amazing feat for a coach but the JDT honcho is refusing to claim all the credit... 

Despite winning his fourth trophy in a year, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) boss Mario Gomez played down his impact at the club since replacing Bojan Hodak last May.

Gomez added the FA Cup winners’ medal to his collection in Malaysia after his vastly-improved Southern Tigers defeated PKNS in the final on Saturday.

The Argentine lifted the 2016 curtain raiser Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup in February and oversaw JDT’s 2015 Malaysia Super League (MSL) and AFC Cup winning campaigns barely six months into the job.

Safiq Rahim and company were already 2014 MSL winners when he came on board but a slow start to the 2015 season raised question marks over the club’s ability to dominate Malaysian football.

The club went on to win 10 of their remaining 13 games to pip Pahang to the title in August and the AFC Cup trophy two months later.

Gomez has been credited for adding an air of invincibility to the squad – one that makes it near impossible to look beyond JDT as favourites for domestic competitions.  

JDT also look like the only Malaysian side capable of reaching the Asian Champions League – the continent’s premier tournament.

But the 59-year-old attributed his success to his players and repeatedly spoke of the character in the squad following their latest Cup win.

“To be successful, it is important to have good players. It is perhaps easy for me to get things done at this club because I have very good players,” said Gomez.

“For example, this guy (while pointing to skipper Safiq) is a leader with very good character. All my players have character. PKNS were strong but my players showed they have a different character.

“We made mistakes in the game, especially in the first five minutes, but it was our character that allowed us to bounce back and change the game. Anyway, in a final all that matters are that you win. How you win and how many mistakes you make is secondary.”