Now that it’s confirmed
Singapore national team coach,
Raddy Avramovic, will leave at the end of the year, the chase is on for the
next coach of our national football team. Raddy leaving will come as no major
surprise to anyone as just last month he got involved in a “dispute” with the
FAS (Football Association of Singapore) on the running of the local S-League.
Right now, there has been a few names tossed into the hat but one thing seems to strike out. There are calls from the
public for the FAS to name a local coach. Currently the local front-runners are
Richard Bok, Fandi Ahmad and V Sundramoorthy; all worthy names in local
Having said that; I disagree with the notion that the
national coach HAS to be a Singaporean. Don’t get me wrong, I would love for
the national coach to be a Singaporean, but to me being a Singaporean is less
important than having the most qualified coach for the role.
The simple fact is that currently we have a terrible national team. Our team hasn’t scored a victory yet in 2012 and most of our current players are just not good enough. Our national team need to undergo a rebuilding process and for that, we need a good coach who is willing to blood new, young players into the national team.
Having a coach who is willing to do that is most important part. Whether or not that coach is local or foreign is secondary. Nationality be dammed; I think it’s far more important for the FAS to pick the best candidate than the best local candidate.