Monday, February 13, 2017


Penang Pressure Grows After Fourth Loss

After a fourth straight loss, this time at home to Sarawak, Penang fans kicked off outside their Batu Kawan Stadium. So far this season they have complained about their goalkeeper, their kit and their performances. Saturday's protest seemed aimed at the guy in charge of the Penang Football Association.

The Penang fans have yet to see their team score this season and they remain rooted to the bottom of the table after four games with zero points one point behind Melaka United. They also turned on new signing Australian midfielder Diogo Ferreira with one fan describing him as a reject. The 27 year old had a good season for Persib last year but it seems the Penang support have no patience.

The situation at the club isn't helped by the fact coach Ashley Westwood is having to sit out a number of games following a recent ban. For the man who led Bengaluru to such success in India life in Malaysia on the tropical isle is proving to be a steep learning curve. Malaysian football doesn't do patience with owners passionate believers in gardening leave for underperforming coaches and we have already seen Johor Darul Ta'zim and Felda United say adios to their coaches.

Penang need stability. Fans forced out Jacksen F Tiago last year and while Bojan Hodak and Nenad Bencina came in to steady the ship they didn't stick around for the new season. Westwood would seem an ideal appointment given his track record in India but will he be afforded the luxury of time in Penang where a fragile club leadership seem to willing to listen to fan unrest

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