SINGAPORE - After months of speculation over his future, V. Sundramoorthy will tender his resignation as coach of the LionsXII football team on Monday, a day after his 48th birthday.
The tactician will hand in his notice to the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) this morning and will join Negeri Sembilan, who play in the second-tier Malaysian Premier League (MPL).
His reign at Negeri Sembilan will begin officially on Nov 1, which means that he will not be in the dugout when the national Under-23s, whom he also coaches, begin their SEA Games campaign in Myanmar in December.
National coach Bernd Stange, Courts Young Lions' Aide Iskandar and former national captain Fandi Ahmad are the names that have been bandied about as candidates for the SEA Games job.
Sundram's departure is expected to mark the beginning of the break-up of the side that captured the hearts of Singaporeans when they won the Malaysian Super League (MSL) in July.
Captain Shahril Ishak is being courted by at least two Malaysian teams and Thailand's Bangkok Glass. Baihakki Khaizan is set to sign for MPL's Johor FA while Hariss Harun is in talks with Johor Darul Takzim. Safuwan Baharudin has also attracted the attention of T-Team.
Sundram declined to comment yesterday but a source said: "After winning the MSL, Sundram wants a fresh challenge and he felt that leading relegated Negeri Sembilan back into the elite MSL is the best choice for him.
"He won the MSL title with a team made up largely of inexperienced youngsters and national servicemen.