Out of contract Tan deserves more respect from Kedah

The emergence of Kedah is down to former Malaysian assistant coach Tan Cheng Hoe but the Red Eagles’ management is yet to tie him down for the upcoming season, a scenario that shouldn’t even occur, writes Vijhay Vick… 

Winning trophies does secure one’s future. Mehmet Durakovic was sacked after the 2015 Malaysia Cup while Louis van Gaal suffered a similar fate at Manchester United after winning the 2015/16 FA Cup.

Tan, who guided Kedah to the 2016 Malaysia Cup, is far from getting the sack but that is simply because his contract has already ran out.

The one-time K. Rajagobal assistant with the Tigers has a far more compelling case than Durakovic or Van Gaal though.

Tan transformed Kedah since taking charge prior to the 2014 Malaysia Cup, where Kedah went on to reach the semi-final.

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Tan deserves more respect

The Red Eagles won the second-tier Malaysia Premier League (MPL) in 2015 and finished an impressive third in the 2016 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season. Kedah were also runners-up in the 2015 Malaysia Cup.

If that is not reason enough to extend Tan’s contract as early as possible, then Kedah will have to think very hard what is.

In October, Tan told FourFourTwo that Kedah had only verbally spoken about extending his contract but no offer was made before the Malaysia Cup final.

He insisted in wanting to continue the successful project Kedah is reaping fruits from, and Tan is already planning ahead for next season.

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Tan led Kedah to the Malaysia Cup this year

He, however, was hoping to ink a deal in the next couple of days before getting to serious work.

“We have still not reached an agreement. Some terms are still be negotiate but I reckon it will be sorted in the next couple of days,” Tan told FourFourTwo.

“The Kedah management appears to still want me and I have been preparing for next season. We are still looking to find two more imports, a defender and striker. Liridon Krasniqi is staying while Sandro da Silva is returning from Brazil because he still has a contract with us.”

Kedah could have lost Tan to Penang last month after he had talks with Penang but the deal fell through as the Panthers later opted for former Bengaluru coach Ashley Westwood.

FourFourTwo understands Kedah have not been in the market for a new coach but that matter cannot be ruled out altogether with loads of foreign coaches wanting to earn big bucks in Malaysia.

Kedah could instead be holding out until Tan has no options available and will accept their terms, presumably at a lower wage.

Photos: Kedah