ALOR SETAR – Kedah has hired Spanish Ramon Marcote Pequeno, 40, as the chief coach of the Red Hawks after signing a one-year contract to take charge of the team in the 2018.
Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah signed as Kedah Football Association (KFA) president in a ceremony at Wisma Darul Aman here witnessed by KFA honourary secretary Datuk Aminuddin Omar.
Also present was ECK Development Sdn Bhd managing director, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Khor Eng Chuen as the team sponsor.
Marcote was the former assistant coach of Atletico Madrid and he was Kedah’s fitness coach in 2015.
The Spanish coach will be taking over from Mohd Nidzam Adzha Yusoff who took full responsibility to resign after Kedah failed to retain the 2017 Malaysia Cup.
“I am very happy because I know the city, the players and the people…I believe the people are happy and confident and even the players in the last two years have improved…Well, Kedah is my second home, but all around me right now seems to be new but like before (in 2015), nothing has changed, I feel very confident with the support from the president, club and sponsor,” Marcote told reporters after the signing ceremony.
“I will try to do an honest job everyday to guide local and foreign players. I will look into the philosophy of the team adopted since 2015 because Kedah is among top four in Malaysia..we can change the style and philosophy so Kedah can be stronger team,” he said.
Commenting on the three vacant slots for import players in Kedah, Marcote said he and the management would be sitting down to fill up the places soon.
“As soon as possible when we have time, but I would like so do as soon as possible,” he said. – BERNAMA