9 in 10 want next S’pore coach to be local: Yahoo! poll

Sundram is a hot favourite to take over Raddy Avramovic (FAS)Sundram is a hot favourite to take over Raddy Avramovic (FAS)

With Raddy Avramovic set to quit after next month's AFF Suzuki Cup, 9 in 10 football fans in a Yahoo! Sports poll want the next Singapore national team coach to be a Singaporean.

Over 3,200 fans took part in a recent three-day online poll asking whether the hot seat should go to a local or a foreign coach.

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9 in 10 voted "Yes" for a local in charge of the squad instead of a foreign coach, which has been the case for the last two appointments.

Avramovic has been in charge of the national team since taking over from Danish coach Jan Poulsen in 2003. And while the Serb has led the team to two ASEAN titles in 2004 and 2007, fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the Lions' uninspiring performances and lack of progress in recent years.

They were knocked out of the 2010 Suzuki Cup group stages and lost all six matches during their 2014 World Cup third round qualifiers.

Yahoo! reader Alphonso Lim believes the Football Association of Singapore should start showing faith in local coaches instead of looking abroad again.

He commented, "Look at what happened to our team despite spending good money on foreign coaches over the years? Have we progressed as a footballing nation? The answer is no. So why not give our local coaches a chance to prove themselves?"

Another reader TGH argued that while having local coach may be a good idea, we still need foreign expertise to help us progress on the world stage.

He said, "If we are only eyeing success only in our region, a local head coach will do. But if we are eyeing something bigger, I don't think a local coach with little experience abroad can lead the team to success."

With Fandi Ahmad ruling himself out of contention by stating his desire to stay with Johor FA, LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy is now the favourite to take over the helm of the national squad.

Our local blogger Damon Yeo has also tipped SAFFC coach Richard Bok as one of the contenders for the hot seat.

Who do you think should be the next Lions coach?