The Singapore legend will sign with the FAS on a long-term deal as a head coach of youth, but will that conflict with Richard Tardy’s youth teams head coach role? FFT takes a look…
After several long months of negotiation, the FAS convinced the Singapore legend to reject the offers he had from around the region and instead commit to the newly created role entitled Head Coach (Youth).
But, the FAS already has a 'Head Coach of National Youth Teams' in Richard Tardy, as well as a slew of coaches at the different levels.
So how does Fandi fit in the picture? Based on the press conference held on Tuesday evening at Jalan Besar Stadium, FourFourTwo decided to break it down as simply as possible for you.
Both will report directly to Sablon
There is confusion over who reports to who, as both Fandi and Tardy are arguably on the same level of management.
However, the FAS clarified that neither Fandi or Tardy will be answerable to each other. Instead, they will both report to FAS technical director Michel Sablon directly.
Glad that was sorted out quickly. Imagine the awkwardness it would have caused if neither knew who was in a more senior position?
Fandi’s main responsibility will be to scout for potential players to bring into the Singapore under-18 through to under-23 squads and nurture them into footballers capable of turning out for the senior squad.
The former Singapore international will also play a direct role in these youths’ development and he will prepare them with a view to competing at the Asian Games 2018, SEA Games 2019 and 2021, as well as qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Tardy on the other hand will continue to be responsible for the SEA Games 2017 team, as he had already handled preparations since the start of 2016. Thereafter, he will relinquish control of the SEA Games preparations to Fandi.
He will, however, continue to focus his attention on the under-13 to 18 age National Football Academy teams, with the coaches of these teams reporting to him.
According to FAS vice-president Edwin Tong, Fandi’s role at that level will be to identify potential players for future under-18 to under-23 tournaments and from there he will nurture "players falling within the age band" and build his talent pool.
It’s no secret that Fandi is a household name; the man is a living legend and is synonymous with everything related to Singapore football.
In order to encourage more to stay in the game, FAS plans to use Fandi to "engage with these stakeholders" according to Tong and convince them that football is a viable career in Singapore. These stakeholders include players, parents, schools as well as clubs.
Fandi himself believes that there are many avenues that have not been tapped and he is willing to sieve through these options to unearth as many potential youngsters as possible.
While Tardy comes with impressive credentials as a youth coach, we are not too sure many Singapore fans are familiar with him, so this is a role he can't perform with distinction for sure.
Young Lions are not under Fandi’s charge
Although Fandi will be in charge of teams from the under-18 to under-23 categories, he will not be taking charge of the Garena Young Lions, which generally recruit players from this age band.
The club will still be a separate entity, although Tong believes there should not be many issues if Fandi identified a talent he wishes to take under his wing for training and send for overseas competition.
That said, Fandi will also act as the Young Lions’ scout and one of his task as Head Coach (Youth) will be to scout and analyse the Young Lions’ opponents.