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TAN Cheng Hoe is ea­ger to re­turn as na­tional as­sis­tant coach af­ter the coach re­ceived his re­lease let­ter from the Kedah FA (KFA) on Fri­day.

The 49-year-old has in­formed the FA of Malaysia (FAM) on the de­vel­op­ment and is now wait­ing to sign an of­fi­cial con­tract with the na­tional body.

“It was a huge sur­prise to get the re­lease let­ter yes­ter­day as I thought I would be coach­ing Kedah un­til the end of their cam­paign in the FA Cup,” Cheng Hoe told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“I have told FAM gen­eral-sec­re­tary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin (about my re­lease) and he will dis­cuss with pres­i­dent Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim my con­tract of­fer. Hope­fully, the mat­ter will be sorted out soon.

“There are still terms in my con­tract, such as com­pen­sa­tion, with KFA that FAM need to look into. I am still in Alor Star but once ev­ery­thing is of­fi­cial, I will start my job as the na­tional as­sis­tant coach.”

It is learnt that Cheng Hoe is ex­pected to be of­fered a two-year con­tract with an at­trac­tive salary pack­age.

Cheng Hoe was as­sis­tant to K. Ra­jagobal for four years be­fore the na­tional coach's con­tract ended at the end of 2013.

He is one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced

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