* Inconsistent results in the taking its toll on coaches
It started with Dutchman George Boateng in the east coast state of Kelantan and took a detour to the Klang Valley and hit B. Satianathan of Armed Forces before making a land fall in the south with Croatian Bojan Hodak of star studded Johor Darul Takzim as victim No 3.
Kelantan rested Boateng after the Red Warriors suffered humiliating defeats at home to Police (4-0) and Felda United (1-0) in the league. Satianathan became the second coach of a Super League team to be “rested” after the 3-1 defeat Armed Forces on April 11.
Who is the next victim in the Super League is anybody’s guess as the league enters the halfway stage with no team showing consistency after Kelantan toppled Selangor from the top of the table standings with a 2-1 win.
Th Red Warriors seem to have checked the slide under new head coach Azraai Khor Abdullah and the new signing of Nigerian Austin Amutu and and Brazilian Gilmar Dos Santos Filho as hitmen have turned out to be a wise decision afterall.
Star studded Southern Tigers, the defending Super League champions have rested Hodak after the team’s shock 2-1 defeat to Perak in on Friday – which meant that JDT have not won an away match in the league so far this season. They are also out of the FA Cup after defending champions Pahang showed them the exit in a second round match.
Also rested are Hodak’s backroom staff – assistant coach Nenand Bacina, fitness coach Miro Petric and goalkeeping coach Antonio Sisic with the management taking drastic steps to check the slide because their league title is under serious threat. The defeat left JDT in fourth place with 15 points.
Surprisingly JDT are doing well in the AFC Cup and lead Group F and have one foot in the Round of 16.
The defeat at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh was a double blow for JDT after their fans were involved in ugly incidents after the match, with the Perak FA having filed an official complaint to the FA of Malaysia (FAM).
Television footage also saw JDT fans destroying A-boards inside the stadium while the team had to leave the stadium in a FRU bus. The JDT bus was also damaged by Perak fans.