Tall or­der for new coach to get Perlis out of rut

New Straits Times - - Sport - Devinder Singh

Saad faces a for­mi­da­ble task of turn­ing the for­tunes of Perlis around and lift­ing them off the bot­tom of the Premier League table.

The for­mer Perak coach and player was con­firmed yes­ter­day as a re­place­ment for Razip Is­mail, who quit af­ter Perlis were mauled 5-0 by Kuan­tan last Fri­day, leav­ing them with just two points from eight matches.

Although they sit bot­tom of the stand­ings, Perlis are only two points away from safety with 10th-placed Sabah on four points and the Malaysian In­di­ans, cur­rently em­broiled in match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions, on three points.

Syamsul’s first match in charge will be Satur­day’s FA Cup third clash against Su­per League side Sarawak in Kan­gar, where he is ex­pected to ring the changes.

While Razip has been blamed by fans for Perlis’ poor start to the sea­son, mat­ters were not helped by hap­haz­ard plan­ning by the man­age­ment.

There was no team to speak of when Razip was first ap­pointed in De­cem­ber with the coach forced to re­cruit play­ers who were un­able to find em­ploy­ment else­where.

Perlis FA (PFA) pres­i­dent Datuk Roz­abil Ab­dul Rah­man said Syamsul will be given the op­por­tu­nity to bring in new for­eign and lo­cal play­ers when the mid­sea­son trans­fer win­dow opens in May.

“The PFA man­age­ment views se­ri­ously the per­for­mance of the team in the Premier League and have iden­ti­fied the need for desperate ac­tion to re­vamp the strat­egy and coach­ing po­si­tion,” said Roz­abil yes­ter­day.

“The ap­point­ment of Syamsul as coach is the first step to re­ha­bil­i­tate the Perlis team be­fore fur­ther ac­tion to be taken dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow.”

Syamsul, 42, was Perak coach un­til June last year be­fore re­sum­ing his pre­vi­ous as­sis­tant’s post upon the re­turn of Kar­lHeinz Weigang.

Razip left af­ter nine matches in charge in all com­pe­ti­tions which saw Perlis win once, against Po­lice in the FA Cup, and draw with Forces and Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara in the Premier League.

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