Pahang deny Fandi Ahmad approach

Singapore legend Fandi Ahmad was on a Pahang shortlist several months back, but the Malaysia Super League (MSL) side denies it is in talks to give Singapore’s favourite son a third coaching stint in Malaysia.

Pahang have denied reports in Singapore that they are in talks with Fandi Ahmad as Razip Ismail’s replacement for the hotseat next season.

Razip has come under fire by the fans after failing to lift the Elephants into safety. Pahang are currently bottom of the MSL standings with just three games left this season and look destined for second-tier football next year. The East Coast side is five points away from safety, although four other teams are also locked in the relegation battle.

The secretariat have not been in contact with Fandi and no such discussions have taken place at club level yet

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Razip is expected to leave at the end of his contract in November, but Pahang general-secretary Fuz Zemi Ibrahim denied talks were already underway on who would guide the team next year.

“The secretariat have not been in contact with Fandi and no such discussions have taken place at club level yet,” Fuz Zemi told FourFourTwo.

He refused, however, to comment on Razip’s future or any possible candidates for the Pahang job.

It is no secret that Fandi enjoys a cordial relationship with Pahang, where he spent two seasons playing in the early 1990s. The former Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and LionsXII boss also occasionally features in exhibition matches and functions organised by Pahang.

FourFourTwo understands Fandi was among those shortlisted before Razip replaced Ahmad Shaharuddin Rosdi in March, but Pahang could not afford him as additional costs would be incurred because the Singaporean ex-international was contracted to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) as a staff coach.

Fandi, whose FAS contract runs out in December, has been without a club role since LionsXII was disbanded following their exit from the MSL last November. The 2015 Malaysia FA Cup winner has been helping V. Sundramoorthy with the Singapore national team.