Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Is Troussier Right For Malaysia?

It's been reported as a done deal on his wikipedia entry but I have seen nothing official yet. Frenchman Phillipe Troussier has been quoted as saying despite several other offers Malaysia is his preferred port of call for his next position.

"My choice is Malaysia. The FA of Malaysia (FAM) has not only offered me to serve as national coach, but also wants me to become its technical director. The national body is keen to have me oversee its football system," Troussier told

He is reportedly asking for $1.5 million a year to take over in KL where he will replace Rajagopal, the most successful coach in recent history for Malaysia having guided them to the ASEAN Cup in 2010.

However, Malaysia have bigger ambitions. They want to compete on a bigger field than just ASEAN even though they have failed to qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to be held in Australia.

What will Malaysia get for their wang if they do get the Frenchman?

Well, these are the countries he has managed.

1993 - Ivory Coast
1997 - Nigeria
1997 - 1998 - Burkina Faso
1998 - South Africa
1998 - 2002 - Japan
2003 - 2004 - Qatar
2005 - Morocco
And success? Well, he won the AFC Asian Cup in 2000. And AFC Coach of the Year in the same year.

In 2008 he coached Ryukyu in Japan's third division followed by a three year stint in China with Shenzen Ruby in their second tier which seems less than harmonious.

For RM 5 million are Malaysia getting a good deal? Or are they just looking for a glamorous foreign name who has a reputation for not sticking around too long? One who knows next to nothing about Malaysian football and Malaysian players?

Surely there are better options out there? Coaches with the background in the region and the local knowledge?

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