Football: FAS 'hopes' to present new LionsXII coach 'by next week'

The LionsXII charge towards the Malaysian Super League trophy on July 2, 2013. The next LionsXII coach has been chosen, but fans will have to wait a few more days for his public unveiling. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
The LionsXII charge towards the Malaysian Super League trophy on July 2, 2013. The next LionsXII coach has been chosen, but fans will have to wait a few more days for his public unveiling. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

The next LionsXII coach has been chosen, but fans will have to wait a few more days for his public unveiling.

A spokesman for the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said on Saturday evening that a decision has been made on V. Sundramoorthy's replacement, and an offer will made to the individual "as part of the final phase of the recruitment and selection process".

"An interview panel had earlier interviewed and considered three equally-qualified candidates who were selected from the initial pool of more than 70 applicants," the spokesman added.

"FAS hopes to present the new coach by next week, and will issue a further update in due course."

The two front-runners to helm the Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions are believed to be former national captain Fandi Ahmad and four-time S-League winning coach Richard Bok.

Last week, an FAS spokesman said that an announcement on the appointment would be made "before the end of November".

Sundram ended his two-year reign at the end of the season to helm Negeri Sembilan, who were relegated to the second-tier Malaysian Premier League.