FAM set to finalise deal with Philippe Troussier
The Football Association of Malaysia are extremely close to securing the services of Phillip Troussier as the new Malaysian national head coach, with reports suggesting that the Frenchman will be unveiled sometime next month.
Negotiations between FAM and Troussier have been going on for quite some time now, but the Football Association are very confident of seeing him take charge of the Malaysian Tigers.
Rumours imply that his salary will cost FAM a whopping RM2.7 million each year, although they have apparently gathered sponsors to afford his expensive salary package according to New Straits Times. Should he join, Troussier will also be bringing over two of his own assistants, whose salaries are likely to be paid for by the FAM as well.
FAM officials will be travelling over to Morocco, where Troussier is currently based, to complete the deal within the next two weeks.
Besides his head coach role, Troussier will also be given the football director post, and he will be tasked with overseeing the development of all Harimau Muda squads. Ong Kim Swee will be assisting him in that position, and a new replacement is also likely to be appointed for the Harimau Muda team.
Having said that, it is believed that the FAM will proceed to appoint Ong Kim Swee as the new head coach should they fail to conclude a deal with Troussier.