Me­laka play­ing with fire

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Me­laka United Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion (MUSA) must stop lis­ten­ing to bad ad­vice in or­der to see their team suc­ceed in the on­go­ing Su­per League.

Malacca made a huge mis­take last sea­son by not ex­tend­ing the con­tract of coach Mat Zan Mat Aris, who led them to ti­tles in the FAM Cup (2015) and Pre­mier League (2016).

MUSA hired Eric Wil­liams late last sea­son to man­age the club but un­for­tu­nately the English­man had no say in the sign­ing of play­ers as he was given a ready made squad to man­age.

The as­so­ci­a­tion were overzeal­ous in sign­ing new play­ers and drop­ping more than half of the team that won them the Pre­mier League last sea­son.

Wil­liams claimed he is ill and he is now be­ing rested for today’s match against Felda United in Jengka.

Me­laka need to beat Felda as they are just above the rel­e­ga­tion zone with 11 points.

“We have yet to fi­nalise whether we should re­place Wil­liams. It has come to our knowl­edge that he is not a steady coach. Even the play­ers are not too happy with him. There is an is­sue over his coach­ing style and con­duct,” said MUSA deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Yu­soff Ma­hadi yes­ter­day.

Yu­soff, how­ever, said a de­ci­sion whether to re­place Wil­liams will only be dis­cussed af­ter today’s match.

“We need to do some­thing as Me­laka are not do­ing too well this sea­son,” he added.

The job was not rosy for Wil­liams as he had to deal with big-headed play­ers since his ar­rival.

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