Coach's tactics not working on or off the pitch

I agree with Mr Bai Zhongkai, who questioned the readiness of V. Sundramoorthy for the national coach position ("Start change in S'pore football with team management"; Dec 17).

While teams like Myanmar and Cambodia have joined Thailand and Vietnam in playing passing and attacking football, Sundram still believes in using a defensive approach in a competition.

Surely, attack is the best form of defence. Going for three points in the group stage of a tournament is important, yet the coach seems to believe in going for a draw in each of these three games.

I urge the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Interim Council to do the right thing now and not leave any unpopular decision to the new council.

Not only has Sundram failed tactically, but it also seems he has lost control of the changing room, if there are indeed cliques in the team ("Fresh impetus badly needed"; Dec 11). Unhappy players will not be giving their all on the field.

It is time for the FAS to appoint a highly qualified coach and give him top-level support and I am confident we can win the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in 2018.

Chan Siang Ming

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2016, with the headline 'Coach's tactics not working on or off the pitch'. Print Edition | Subscribe