Lim Chin: Everyone wants the best for Singapore football

S.League CEO Lim Chin has released a statement denying that a meeting between club chairmen and the Football Association of Singapore had descended into a 'war of words'.

The Straits Times had reported yesterday that the S.League's future was uncertain after a high-level meeting at FAS headquarters on Monday.

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Club chairmen were reportedly unhappy that the two developmental sides, LionsXII and Courts Young Lions, were steadily stockpiling the best young talent on offer in Singapore.

This was cited as a key reason why attendances at their lowest ebb in years and interest in the league had waned significantly.

"We are exploring options to make the S.League better and on the whole, Singapore football," Lim Chin said through his statement to the media.

"In discussions, there will always be differences in views and opinions when it comes to issues and ideas, and that makes for a healthy and robust debate.

"At the end of the day, everyone involved in this review, including the S.League Chairmen, only want the best for Singapore football."

The S.League CEO, who was appointed in 2012, went on to clarify that proposals to disband either the S.League or the two developmental sides were merely ideas that had been brought up in the meeting.

"The S.League remains united with the FAS in finding the best way forward for the S.League," he said.

"We are in the preliminary stages of discussion and exploring possibilities. At this stage, it is too preliminary to go into details what form and shape the S.League will take in future.

"The three proposals that were reported in the report were just suggestions that were being bounced around for debate.

"Moving on, we will also approach all our other stakeholders and interest groups for their feedback before putting forth a proposal to the relevant agencies for their continued support."

Lim Chin also responded to speculation that he would step down if the FAS had kept the status quo.

"The ST report indicated that I would not be supportive of some of the ideas discussed," he said.

"I'd like to state that, like everyone else, my wish is to see a strong and vibrant S.League, and to see it help the FAS to achieve its goal of producing a strong and successful national team.

"I remain committed to that goal and to working together with everyone to achieve it."