SEPANG, Jan 11 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin believes that an investment to develop local football is more profitable than spending big money to hire a worldclass coach for the national team.
He made this comment, following a media report that the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) was understood to be shortlisting several big names for the post of national team chief coach.
They were former Japan coach for the 2002 World Cup, Philippe Troussier, former AS Roma manager, Zdenak Zeman and former French and Chelsea international Marcel Desailly.
Khairy, however, said FAM was free to pick anyone to coach the Harimau squad to boost the quality of Malaysian football.
"I personally think FAM is free to choose anyone. If we have reached a stage where we (the national team) qualify for the Olympics or World Cup, to me the need for a worldclass coach will be pressing.....