Friday, March 11, 2016


Pahang Coach Quits After Poor Start To Season

The last few seasons have been quite exciting for fans of Pahang. Traditionally never one of Malaysia's big boys, serious investment has seen the club punch above their weight culminating with a domestic treble in 2014 as they won the FA Cup, Malaysia Cup and the Charity Shield. They also reached the quarter final stage of the 2015 AFC Cup and finished 3rd in the Super League.

However that was not enough to keep the squad together and pre season saw a  number of significant departures with Argentine striker Ruben Conti leading the way as he returned home. He was followed out of the door by central defender Damion Stewart and Dickson Nwakaeme while four players, including R Gopinathan followed coach Zainal Abidin Hassan to Selangor.

The 2016 season has started poorly. A 2-2 draw with T Team opened the campaign but things have gone downhill since then with successive defeats against Penang (4-1), Selangor (1-3) and Terengganu (1-2) with just 6,023 watching that final home humiliation...a smaller attendance than any last season.

There was to be no solace in the FA Cup either. Having won the trophy in 2014, Pahang suffered a surprise loss at home to second tier Sime Darby, going down 1-0 in front of 3,500 fans.

And now coach Ahmad Shaharuddin Rosdi  has paid the price. He will take charge of the game against Felda United this weekend but he has already announced his resignation with the club saying “We did not blame them for the poor results. But they wanted to take responsibility so they have left it for us to decide on their fate and we have accepted their resignation letters”.

Bit of a mealy mouthed statement that. The club don't blame the coach, the coach wanted to take responsibility and wanted the club to decide their fate. So the club said good bye!

There is no such thing as patience in football eh? Especially Malaysian football...

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