Smith wants Pahang treble
Pahang are ready to go gung ho and aim big for the upcoming season of Malaysian football, with boss Ronald Smith reiterating his belief in the players.
The English head coach took charge from Dollah Salleh in the off-season, and after a minor squad revamp, is impressed with what he is seeing from the players. Subsequently, he also went on to reveal that the Tok Gajahs are aiming to win a treble this year
Speaking at the official launching ceremony of their new PUMA-sponsored kit, Smith said: "I like what I see, especially the attitude of the players.
"The target is to win every tournament that we're playing in. It's normal expectation for every team that won a competition to be touted as the team to beat.
"I experienced this with Sabah when we were champions. Its all part of the job.
Pahang have slightly altered their squad after winning the Malaysia Cup last year, with the notable additions being Zesh Rehman from Kitchee SC as well as Dickson Nwakaeme, who featured for Kelantan last year.
Rehman in particular, comes with plenty of experience, having featured for Fulham in the Premier League before, and will surely add quality to Pahang's midfield.
However, one major loss that they had to suffer was the departure of Amirulhadi Zainal, who was incredibly influential in their successful run last year. The playmaker departed to join Johor Darul Takzim is controversial fashion, but Smith insists that his team will do fine without him.
The former Perth Glory manager also went on to describe the brand of football that he will be looking to have Pahang employ throughout the season.
"On his absence, well somebody will have to step up. It's not unusual to have a significant change. As for the playing style, we'll try to play on the ground when permitting.
"But my experience in Malaysia taught me that the players need to be adaptable to wet conditions."