SEREMBAN – The FA of Negeri Sembilan (PBNS) has taken the drastic step of dropping the coach and all players except for six who play for the President’s Cup from its Premier League team in the wake of their dismal performance this season.
It is also introducing a new remuneration system for the next season.
Coach K. Devan is the biggest casualty in the move.
PBNS president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is also Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar, said the decision was taken at a meeting of PBNS’ management yesterday.
“This drastic action is being taken because we are disappointed with the performance of the team this time. We incurred a huge expenditure but did not get our return on investment.
“Our objective this season was to get promoted to the Super League but unfortunately I do not know what went wrong. So in the interest of everybody, I am relieving coach K. Devan and the other players concerned,” he told reporters here today.
Negeri Sembilan known as NS Matrix this season finished in sixth place in the Premier League and not only that, failed to qualify for the prestigious Malaysia Cup competition when they lost 0-3 to Armed Forces in the qualification play-offs at the Selayang Stadium last night.
It was the second time in a row The Deer failed to make the cut for the Malaysia Cup.
Mohamad also said a special committee had been set up to source a foreign coach and the team’s quota of foreign players, but this time those who had never played in the M-League before.
He added that from next year, PBNS would introduce a new remuneration system where players would not be given high salaries but instead a basic salary and bonuses for winning.
“For example, each time the team wins, they will be rewared RM50,000 to be distributed among the players. So to make more (money), they must win.
“I believe this is a better system. If the salaries are very high, they no longer have the “hunger” to play.
“In fact, sometimes they purposely get injured because they want to enjoy the salary but are not willing to produce. With this new system, those who play full time will reap the full bonuses, those not will receive proportionate bonuses while those benched will get nothing,” he added.
This, he said, would produce healthy competition in that players would be competing to be included in the first eleven.
Following the developments, Mohamad invited Malaysians below the age of 21 to fill in the vacancies for players.
“We will be holding selection trials and those interested can call the PBNS at 06-7628494 during office hours,” he said.