KUALA LUMPUR: Will Selangor coach P. Maniam be the third ‘victim’ that will need to let go of his coaching position early on this season?
This follows the rather drastic decision by the FA of Selangor (FAS) to rest the former AirAsia FC coach effective today (Wednesday), after the Red Giants endured three straight defeats in the Malaysia Super League which sees them languishing in eighth place in the league.
This latest development was confirmed by FAS vice president, Datuk Abdul Rauf Ahmad who stressed that the decision had to be taken after an overall assessment of the current situation based on the team’s deteriorating performances over a couple of matches. The team will be handled by assistant coach Muhammad Nazliazmi Mohamad Nasir.
“We held a discussion earlier today and after scrutinising the team’s performance, we took the collective decision to rest coach Maniam.
“Muhammad Nazliazmi will take over coaching responsibilities and he begins tomorrow (Thursday), apart from being responsible in leading the team for the FA Cup third round match against Terengganu on Friday,” said Abdul Rauf when contacted earlier today (Wednesday).
However, Abdul Rauf explained that FAS have not discussed the possibility of hiring a new coach for the team.
“We will evaluate the team’s overall performance first and any further decision will be announced later,” he said.
For the record, Maniam’s charges began their Super League campaign with their right foot forward as the beat fierce archrivals Kuala Lumpur 2-0, followed by the 4-1 thrashing of Melaka in the second league match.
However, Selangor crashed to their first defeat of the season when they were blitzed 4-1 by Terengganu, followed by a 3-1 loss to Pahang and most recently a 3-0 loss to Perak.