Westwood runs out of time as Penang look for a new coach

Englishman Ashley Westwood’s stint with Malaysia Super League (MSL) side Penang came to an end on Sunday after the Panthers announced a mutual termination. 

Westwood was walking a tight rope after Penang’s horrendous start to their 2017 season.

Penang sit bottom of the MSL table having not won a league match this season. The Panthers have lost six matches and drawn two in the league while they were knocked out of the FA Cup third round by second-tier side Negeri Sembilan last week.

His assistant Darren Read will serve in a caretaker role until Penang find permanent replacement.

Westwood was walking a tight rope after Penang’s horrendous start to their 2017 season.

“We had discussions with Westwood and he has agreed to vacate his position immediately,” read statement by Penang Football Association president Zairil Khir Johari.

“We thank him for his time here. The management have appointed Read to fill the void temporarily. We will announce a permanent coach in the near future.”

Westwood, a former Manchester United trainee, came to Penang with high reputation. He guided newly-formed Bengaluru to I-League title in 2014 and 2016.

Malaysia, however, was a different ball game altogether as he struggled to get Penang ticking.

FourFourTwo understands many in Penang were not fond of his strict methods. Westwood has repeatedly said his players’ fitness levels were not up to standard.

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