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TMJ reveals his criteria for Harimau Malaya head coach

Still a foreign coach I want – TMJ 

Ever since former Johor Darul Ta’zim head coach Mario Gomez was removed from the picture, many names have been thrown around as to who could take up the position of national head coach.

To narrow down the picture, the Football Association Malaysia (FAM) President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has revealed that he still prefers a foreign coach to head the Harimau Malaya squad.

Since then, some of the names that have come up are former JDT and Kelantan head coach Bojan Hodak, Adelaide United FC coach Josep Gombau, former Thailand national coach Kiatisuk Senamuang, and former Indonesia national coach Alfred Riedl.

“We have a few candidates that we are looking at, definitely still a foreign coach. Therefore we do not rush because the budget that we have is very very small, and FAM has no money.” Goal quoted him as saying.

No more Mario Gomez for sure 

In an exclusive meeting with sports editors last month, Tunku Ismail revealed a shocking news that FAM has absolutely no money — and he has no idea why. This also put a strain on his relationship with Mario Gomez, who wanted more than what he was offered before he would accept the position of national head coach.

Tunku Ismail then ruled Gomez out of the picture and said he’ll find someone who “really wants to be [Harimau Malaya] head coach.”

Josep Gombau and TMJ 4eva 

Speaking of foreign coaches, one of the names the FAM president has always been particularly fond of is Josep Gombau, a Spanish football manager who is currently coaching Adelaide United FC.

Although the Spaniard has expressed interest in Malaysia, the timing is not right for him as he is attached with Australia at the moment. However, Tunku Ismail is still eyeing Gombau for his long-term plans.

“Josep Gombau is interested but not now, because of his commitment with the Australia national team. But for a long-term plan, he is the most suitable candidate, but maybe in the future,” the FAM president added.

So there we have it: we have a very, very, small budget, our national head coach will be foreign and on a short-term basis. Any guesses who it might be? Or who it should be?

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Euro 2016: #BestBets with Patrick Kinghorn – Germany vs Italy

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The most tactically intriguing of the Quarter-Finals sees arguably the most impressive of the big guns so far in Italy face off with the reigning World Champions Germany. The Germans have NEVER beaten the Azzurri at a major tournament dating back to their first meeting at a World Cup Finals in 1962 and quite why the Joachim Low’s side go into this as reasonably heavy favorites is beyond me.

Antonio Conte has been flawless in this tournament so far with even the meaningless defeat to Ireland after making eight changes working to their advantage giving, as it did, the vast majority of his big guns the night off prior to their dismantling of Spain in the Round of Sixteen. The German’s struggled to break down Poland in the toughest of their games in France so far and will need to be at their best to beat the Juventus inspired ‘back four wall’ of Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini.

The absence of Thiago Motta through suspension and an injury doubt over Daniele De Rossi tempers confidence slighlty but Conte is presiding over a squad that are 100 percent ‘on message’ and I’d make this game an each of two ‘pick em’ affair so at the prices backing Italy off a level start at around the 2.75 mark is the value call.

Graphic Credit: Soccerway
Graphic Credit: Soccerway

#BestBets – Germany vs Italy = ITALY OFF LEVEL (DRAW NO BET)