A Coach’s Guide to Malaysia: How to avoid being rested

Malaysia’s football scene has always been pressurising, with coaches ‘rested’ or sent packing by trigger-happy club chairmen. FourFourTwo looks at the characteristics a coach needs to survive in the Malaysia Super League (MSL).

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Toeing the line

A coach must be ready to take a backseat when it comes to many important decisions, especially in the case of signing players.

Challenging this practice could mean the exit door. Zainal Abidin Hassan and Dollah Salleh are examples of those who toed the line at Pahang and Selangor, and often left such matters to the management.

Former Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) coach Mario Gomez could be said to fall under the same bracket as it is an open secret that club owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim makes most of the decisions there.

Speaking out against the management is a big no-no as it would only mean one edges closer to the exit door.

Just ask Karl Weigang how getting results doesn’t matter. The German was walking on a tightrope at Perak after criticising his employers for failing to provide proper facilities. Even a 2-1 win over defending champions JDT could not save his job as he was sacked just days later.


Do not cross the guy in charge