The management of Super League club PKNS FC have told their chief coach E. Elavarasan to “take a rest” – which effectively means it is end of his stint with the Selangor club although he has a contract until the end of 2018.
The widely travelled former international who has coached and brought glory to teams before has handed the reins to his assistant Adam Abdullah who will helm the team for Saturday’s Group B Malaysia Cup match against Felda United at the Shah Alam Stadium.
However, it is reliably learnt that there is more than PKNS FC’s poor run in the Super League and the Malaysia Cup which led to his enforced “rest”. As in previous cases there is the usual “politics and back stabbing” that ruins the career of coaches in Malaysia.
PKNS are at the bottom of the group after their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Perak at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh on Tuesday. Perak struck two late goals in the last 10 minutes of play for the win. For the record Perak defeated Kuala Lumpur 3-0 in their second match at the Selayang Stadium in an afternoon on Friday for their second win and lead the group with six wins.
Elavarasan has taken the latest developments in the team in his stride and is well aware that it simply means his days with PKNS are “virtually over” and will wait for more news from the management.
“When you are told to take a rest it simply means in layman’s terms your contract is terminated. I will discuss with the management for further news because I still have a contract which runs through next year,” said Elavarasan when contacted on Friday.
PKNS are also struggling in the Super League and are in the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw with Melaka when the league resumed on last week after the break for Ramadhan.
The “take a break” syndrome is nothing new in the Malaysian league. Perak did the same to their late German supremo Karl Heinz Weigang. For the record the German passed away in Germany when he returned home for a holiday during the Ramadhan break. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH