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8) V. Sundramoorthy (Singapore)

Nicknamed the ‘Dazzler’ during his playing days, Sundramoorthy has made an impressive transition into the coaching ranks and is regarded as an outstanding tactician both on the training pitch and the matchday bench.

After starting his coaching career at Jurong FC and then progressing through the ranks at various youth set-ups, he was in charge of the Young Lions and then Lions XII for almost half a dozen years.

During that time he gained a reputation as a progressive young coach and capped his spell by guiding the LionsXII to the 2013 Super League title.

A disappointing time in charge of Malaysian club Negeri Sembilan followed before a return home this year, where his Tampines Rovers are still in the running for the title in a closely contested S.League season.

The 49-year-old’s stock rose further when he was appointed, alongside the man he is most often associated with, Fandi Ahmad, as Bernd Stange’s national team assistants. The national team then proceeded to pick up four points from its first two matches on the road to Russia, including a highly credible draw away to Japan.

Whereas Fandi is regarded as a coach who likes to place attacking philosophies at the forefront of his thinking, ‘Sundram’ has a more practical reputation and that’s perhaps why they work so well together under Stange’s guidance – or as some have suggested, as a team together at the helm should the German's contract not be renewed. 

Singapore football standout V Sundramoorthy