FAS refute claim that Fandi is next LionsXII coach

FAS refute claim that Fandi is next LionsXII coach
Report in local newspaper claims FAS will finalise contract with Fandi this week, but association says proper hiring process will be followed
Published: 3:00 PM, October 8, 2013
Updated: 2:46 PM, March 21, 2016

SINGAPORE — The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has refuted a media report today (Oct 8) that Fandi Ahmad has been lined up to replace V Sundramoorthy as LionsXII head coach.

The report said that FAS council members will be meeting Fandi in the coming days to finalise a deal that would bring Singapore’s best-loved footballer back into the fold, after he resigned as team manager of Malaysian Super League club Johor Darul Takzim in August.

However, when contacted today, the FAS expressed its surprise at the report.

It also reiterated that it will be putting out an recruitment advertisement for the vacant LionsXII head coach position and will consider all applications before making a decision.

“This is the proper process by which we recruit people into the organisation,” said the FAS spokesman. “We are an organisation that receives public funding and as such, there has to be transparency, accountability and due process in whatever we do.”

The spokesman added that anyone who is interested in the job must apply for it, and everyone must be interviewed by a panel.

“This is also the same process by which we hired our national coach, technical director and Courts Young Lions coach.”