West­wood gets the boot

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE FA of Pe­nang (FAP) fi­nally suc­cumbed to pressure and ter­mi­nated chief coach Ash­ley West­wood’s con­tract.

FAP pres­i­dent Zairil Khir Jo­hari said it was a mu­tual de­ci­sion with West­wood to part ways.

“The de­ci­sion was made this past week after ne­go­ti­a­tions with West­wood.

“In the modern age, one no longer needs to meet as there are many ways to have a meet­ing. Suf­fice to say we dis­cussed cor­dially.

“I would add to say that we un­der­stand the de­mands of modern foot­ball but it was also im­por­tant to al­low a coach enough time and space to do his job, if it still doesn’t work then de­ci­sions like this have to be made.

“We now want to move on and move for­ward,” Zairil said in a text mes­sage to Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

He said as a tem­po­rary mea­sure, the Su­per League side’s as­sis­tant coach, Dar­ren Read, will take over un­til a new chief coach is hired.

West­wood could not be reached for com­ments as Time­s­port was in­formed that he left the coun­try im­me­di­ately after the FA Cup match against Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, while the play­ers were given leave un­til tomorrow. K. Kan­diah

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