Sundram 'deserves more time'

The local fraternity has expressed concern that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is not showing V. Sundramoorthy enough faith by appointing him as the caretaker coach of the Lions.

In addition, the former Tampines Rovers coach was offered a one-year deal, compared to the two-year contract given to his predecessor Bernd Stange. Even after the German failed to guide the Lions into the semi-finals of the 2014 Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, his tenure was extended by almost a year.

Home United coach Philippe Aw said: "Stange was given three years but couldn't improve Singapore football. With just one year, it'll be a challenge for Sundram.

"It's too short a duration to make an impact, and I'm not sure how Sundram will do it. I definitely feel if you want to transform and change Singapore football, one year is not long enough."

Similarly, former Singapore winger Steven Tan questioned how effective Sundram will be in the high-pressure role, saying: "What can you do in one year? There's no time to develop players or nurture talent. It'll be only about results.

"I only wish he was given the same support as our previous coaches (Stange, Raddy Avramovic) and given more time. He should've been treated equally and been given the same kind of support."

Despite the short duration of the contact and the caretaker tag, former national coach Jita Singh is still confident of Sundram's ability.

He said: "Sundram will still be able to do the job and will prove to be the right choice - no matter how long he's appointed for or in what capacity. Sundram's a local boy. He knows the players here very well from Tampines and also has experience with the LionsXII. He would know how they operate and will get the best out of them. "

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2016, with the headline 'Sundram 'deserves more time''. Print Edition | Subscribe