Coach-less Selangor setting themselves up for disappointment again

Still without a coach for the 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season, the future looks bleak for ailing Selangor. FourFourTwo takes a look at why the Red Giants could have another disappointing year ahead and who’s available for the hot seat. 

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While just about every MSL team are busy signing players for the 2017 season – some poaching here and there included – Selangor have still not confirmed who will sit in the dugout, and are the only team yet to name a coach.

K. Gunalan, who replaced Zainal Abidin Hassan on a caretaker role in August, is still in charge on an interim basis but there have been little news apart from the departure of prized assets Nazmi Faiz Mansor and Ahmad Hazwan Bakri.

Selangor, however, have dominated the headlines for off-field matters, with the latest being the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) executive committee’s refusal to grant PKNS an endorsement to play in the 2017 MSL under archaic Malaysian football rules.

The FAS top brass wants to meet its president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, who is also the chairman of Selangor government-arm PKNS, to know the direction of both teams after rumours of a possible merger in the future.

The Selangor State Government did not include an allocation to FAS for the coming season and that is proving hindersome to Selangor’s preparations.