Football: FAS opts for 'prudent approach' in national coach selection as South Africa, former Iraq handlers throw hat into ring

An insider told ST: "Given the resources and players the FAS currently has, it is not the right time to be splashing the cash on a big-name coach like [former England manager Sven-Goran] Eriksson."
An insider told ST: "Given the resources and players the FAS currently has, it is not the right time to be splashing the cash on a big-name coach like [former England manager Sven-Goran] Eriksson."ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

SINGAPORE - 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 approximate 10-man FAS shortlist for the next national coach has a distinct lack of star names as it goes for a more practical approach, 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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