SERI KEMBANGAN – Coaches who refused to change and follow the coaching system guidelines have no place in the National Football Development Plan (NFDP).
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said new era coaches require a more structured and scientific information to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their teams.
“Coaches must change because their job is not only limited to the pitch. They have a lot of responsibilities including to prepare reports. This is what ‘old school’ coaches don’t like.
“Football has entered the 21st era and is more scientific. Coaching is not about going to the pitch to shout at players. Coaches must change and if not, there is no place for them in NFDP,” he said in his keynote address at NFDP Coordination Seminar 2015, here today.
Khairy said coaches must leave their comfort zone, ready to collaborate with each other, share experiences, open to reforms and better interact with students and parents.
At a press conference later, he said the major challenge in implementing NFDP is to find coaches who understand the new football philosophy.
Khairy said some coaches could not adapt with the new approaches introduced.
He urged the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to hold more courses and expedite the accreditation of A and B coaches to produce more young coaches.
Commenting on media reports that the Mokhtar Dahari National Football Academy in Gambang, Pahang was not well managed, he said the report was inaccurate and involved coaches who withdrew after failing to implement NFDP.
He said the football academy was actually not yet operational and stressed that NFDP was running smoothly.
Regarding the pitch problem, he said it was the fault of the contractor and efforts were undertaken to overcome them. – BERNAMA