Sundram could be offered interim national coach job

SINGAPORE - While the hunt for a new national coach goes on, one of three local coaches is likely to take over the reins from Raddy Avramovic for next month's Asian Cup qualifiers.

And The New Paper has learnt that LionsXII coach V Sundramoorthy could be the front-runner for the job.

The other two coaches in the mix are Mike Wong and Aide Iskandar.

Said a source: "It could be Sundram leading the team and the other two working as assistants, just as they have done under Raddy."

Sundram, who is preparing his LionsXII side for their Malaysian Super League (MSL) opener against ATM on Jan 9, said that any local coach would "love to lead his country" and that he was no different.

But the 47-year-old said that he had not been spoken to about the issue as yet and that he would be concentrating on the task at hand.

Focus

Said the coach, who was taking his team through their paces at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday night: "At the moment, there's a lot of work to be done with the LionsXII, and I'll just focus on that job first."

He added that he would "cross the bridge" on the caretaker job when he got there.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) told TNP that while it has "intensified" its search for the next national team head coach, it "will not rush into making a decision".

Said the FAS, in response to TNP queries: "In the event that the new coach could not be appointed in time for the team's first Asian Cup 2015 qualifying match, we will appoint a caretaker coach to lead the Lions on an interim basis, and he will be backed by a good, experienced coaching and technical team."

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