Five unemployed coaches seeking new roles in Malaysia

Just three games into the season, Terengganu have already ‘rested’ Ahmad Yusof. Vijhay Vick lists down five other coaches who are waiting for vacancies to open up at trigger-happy Malaysian clubs…

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Bojan Hodak

The Croatian has been out of a job since being replaced by Mario Gomez at Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) last April.

He was disappointed not to get the Malaysian national team role after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) picked Ong Kim Swee from a shortlist of three – including Hodak and former Sarawak coach Robert Alberts.

The 44-year-old has proven his capabilities in managing some of the biggest names in the MSL to much success, winning five trophies in three years with Kelantan and JDT. Hodak was Kelantan coach when they won a domestic treble in 2012.

Both times (2012 & 2014) he won the Malaysia Super League (MSL) crown were with teams he inherited, which could perhaps be an encouragement for ambitious teams to make a move for him mid-way through the 2016 MSL season.

However, the Kelantan and JDT teams he inherited from Peter Butler and Cesar Jimenez respectively were already of title material. Hodak may find it hard to find such a team this time around, unless Terengganu decide to initiate another change or unexpected openings appear at JDT, Selangor or Felda United.

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