FAS not seeking a big name

Ex-US player and former Philippine coach Thomas Dooley is on the FAS' shortlist of candidates.
Ex-US player and former Philippine coach Thomas Dooley is on the FAS' shortlist of candidates.

New coach's role will include developing youth, getting Lions to play a pressing game

The appointment of former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson as Philippines coach may have captured the imagination of Asean football fans, but the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) will not be following suit with a marquee signing to replace Fandi Ahmad.

The Straits Times understands that the FAS' shortlist for the next national coach has a distinct lack of star names as it goes for a more practical approach. It is looking for someone with "an inclination for youth development" and the ability to impart a "high-intensity, high-pressing and fast-moving game", according to FAS president Lim Kia Tong.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2018, with the headline 'FAS not seeking a big name'. Print Edition | Subscribe