Five potential head coach candidates for Malaysia national team

Who will be the new head coach of Malaysia national team, now that Mario Gomez is no longer in the picture? FFT picks out five possible candidates... 

The job of Malaysia's head coach is up for grabs once again. A public spat over salary demands between the new president of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (also known as TMJ) and Mario Gomez means that the Argentine is now out of the picture.

With TMJ wanting a foreign coach to work alongside assistant Tan Cheng Hoe, FourFourTwo has five names that can be thrown into the hat.

Gary White

Recently interviewed for the England under-21 job after making the final list of seven, this Englishman has earned plenty of admirers for the way he led Guam way up the FIFA rankings and into the international headlines during qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

White knows better than most the challenges involved in taking a team from the doldrums into much happier waters.

White did wonders with Guam

What could be the most intriguing part for TMJ is how White worked in tandem with Guam FA boss Richard Lai to turn things around for the island nation on and off the pitch. It was a real partnership between two energetic personalities who were eager for success and change.

White, who has the highest England FA coaching qualification and is only the fourth foreigner to earn the same in Japan, has been contacted in regard to the Malaysia job in the past and is available after leaving Chinese club Shanghai Shenxin at the start of the season.

Coaching Malaysia would be a step up, at least in terms of media profile, pressure, politics and expectations. It is a world away from Guam.

It is open for question as to how White, still young at 42, would handle such a situation as you never know until you try but in terms of tactics, preparation and player relationships, he already has almost two decades of experience and some of the best coaching qualifications in the world under his belt.

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