Football Association of Penang (FAP)’s president Zairil Khir Johari tendered his resignation on Monday (October 9) due to Penang’s dismal 2017 Malaysia Super League campaign.
Penang is placed at the bottom of the Super League table after 21 matches played; with 15 defeats, 3 draws and only 1 win.
The Panthers’ poor performance has led to them being relegated to the second tier, the Malaysia Premier League next season – and thus prompting Zairil Khir Johari to step down as president.
However, FAP has refused to accept Zairil’s resignation after holding a management meeting. Led by FAP’s vice president Datuk Gary Nair, FAP has asked Zairil to reconsider his resignation as it was abrupt and they still need him to sort out a few things.
“Today we held a meeting and asked the opinions of all FAP council members. In the meeting we unanimously decide not to accept the resignation of Zairil as president.” Datuk Gary told Bernama.
“We have formed a sub-committee to meet and persuade Zairil to stay on until the end of the season – where are we looking for funds in this financial constraint. We are not aware how to solve this problem.”
“The council members have agreed to ask Zairil to wait until the AGM in November. After that, whoever is the president will depend on FAP,” he added.
Zairil was appointed FAP president earlier this year, but his appointment was met with a lot of vehement protests from Penang fans.
The Panthers kicked off their 2017 MSL campaign under former Manchester United academy graduate Ashley Westwood, but that only resulted in a series of defeats and draws.
Westwood then parted ways with the club, and he was replaced by local coach Zainal Abidin Hassan. Despite one away win under the new coach, the rest of the season remained disappointing for the Panthers.