Bernd Fingers: Who's ready to lead Singapore football?

Bernd Stange is feeling the heat as head coach of the Singapore national team. So who could be in line to replace the German? FourFourTwo investigates…

A review of the SEA Games failure stressed the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) were unhappy about the public slanging match between Stange and Aide Iskander. A poor run of results didn’t aid the cause, excuse the pun, although Stange did make up ground with an unbeaten start to the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

But surely few would argue the 67-year-old is set for a longer-term stint in charge. Let’s look at some potential replacements:

Fandi Ahmad/V Sundramoorthy

Let’s kick things off with the obvious, popular choices. Both served as assistants to Stange for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Cambodia and Japan and know the national football scene back to front. They both have enormous passion and interest in Singaporean football and are currently coaching local clubs LionsXII and Tampines Rovers respectively. Sundram also would have learned plenty after pulling the reins of the Singapore Selection against Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City in the recently-completed Barclays Asia Trophy. Counting against them is the fact neither has real experience coaching on the international stage, but as a duo? Crazier things have happened.

Widely considered the best players Singapore has produced, could Fandi and Sundram coach their country?