BREAKING: Money dispute means Gomez may not coach Malaysia after all

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim dropped a bombshell on Tuesday after declaring former Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) coach Mario Gomez has yet to agree terms to replace Ong Kim Swee as Malaysia coach.

Tunku Ismail had announced Gomez as the Tigers’ new coach on March 25 – the day he took charge of the national body – and that Ong would replace Frank Bernhardt in charge of Malaysia’s under-22 side.

The Crown Prince of Johor, however, revealed that Gomez is stalling on a contract as he wants more money.

He wants more money but it may not be possible. At FAM we are looking at ways to tighten up the finances

- Tunku Ismail

“There is a possibility Mario Gomez may not be Malaysia coach,” said Tunku Ismail while addressing the country’s sports editors and football writers in Johor.

“He wants more money than what he was getting at JDT but it may not be possible. JDT was a club and the finances were different … here (at FAM) we are looking at ways to tighten up the finances.

“Talks are still underway. Gomez hasn’t given a yes or a no yet.”

Gomez has already picked Kedah coach Tan Cheng Hoe as his assistant. Tan has formally informed Kedah of his intention to leave the Malaysia Super League (MSL) leaders to join FAM.

Tan was shortlisted by Gomez because “he is the best local coach around”.

“My only condition was to appoint a local assistant and Gomez picked Tan,” said Tunku Ismail.

“It is up to Tan if Gomez doesn’t become the coach. If he still wants to be involved in the national set-up, there is a place for him.”

Photo: JDT