Wanted: A tamer for the Singapore Lions

Upon the announcement that national coach Bernd Stange will be leaving the set-up, there have been many suggestions from football fanatics in Singapore on who should take over. Here we present some candidates...  

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Singapore legend Aleksander Duric has asked FAS to hire a local coach, while FourFourTwo columnist Neil Humphreys noted that it does not matter whether the next in line is a local or a foreigner, pointing to problems that lie deep within Singapore football.

FourFourTwo’s Shanjayan Muniappan takes a look at the list of potential candidates who could take over from the outgoing Bernd Stange.

V. Sundramoorthy

The former Singapore international is believed to have been appointed as an interim manager – just like in 2013 before Stange arrived on a full-time basis. But should he be given the role full-time?

Sundram’s brief stint saw him lead the Lions against Jordan. On that occasion, the team did Sundram no favours if he hoped to inherit the job permanently his as they suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat.

But ‘The Dazzler’, as he was affectionately known in his heydays as a player, worked his magic and won the Malaysia Super League title with LionsXII.

The 50-year-old is a shrewd tactician and that is apparent whenever he sets up his team.

Sundram is highly respected within Singapore

When the national side received commendable plaudits for the performance against footballing giants against Japan last year in a 0-0 stalemate at Saitama, many players mentioned they were aided by assistant coach Sundram.

Apparently, the Dazzler was the one who had shown the team video replays of matches on how some of the Japanese stars played while giving instructions on how to counter them.

Sundram’s career low remains the stint he had with Negeri Sembilan when he took over the Malaysian outfit in 2014 after winning the MSL title. He was relieved of his duties when the team finished sixth in the league and failed to qualify for the Malaysia Cup.

However Sundram mentioned in a previous interview that he could have achieved more at Sembilan had he been given more time, referring to the famous quote on how ‘you cannot build Rome in one day’ and perhaps that might work for the national team when he is given a full-time gig as head coach.