When Simon McMenemy told his wife he had been named FourFourTwo’s Southeast Asian Coach of the Year in our inaugural football awards, she burst into tears. Not perhaps the expected reaction, but last season was nothing if not emotional for the well-travelled couple.
Nelo Vingada spent just seven months as head coach of the Malaysia national team. But, like many before him, he found that was more than enough time to develop a deep affection for the beautiful country and its friendly residents – as well as an opinion that Malaysian players are better than they realise.
Not many players in the 2018 Malaysia Super League have played in the English Premier League, been to a World Cup and scored their last international goal with a spectacular strike against the reigning world champions.