* Amirudin Shaari is new team manager
After fours years of barren run former kingpins Selangor have made some drastic changes to the team management with new FA of Selangor (FAS) president Azmin Ali heeding the calls from disgruntled fans.
Azmin, who is also the Mentri Besar of Selangor named Amirudin Shaari as the new team manager and Hisham Mohd Ghouth as his assistant – leaving FAS deputy president Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad out in the cold – much to the delight of the fans.
Mokhtar was also removed as the chairman of the FAS Team Management and International Competitions Committee which is now headed by Azmin himself. Azmin, however, clarified that Mokhtar, who has become very unpopular with the fans, will remain as the FAS deputy president.
Others in the committee Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, Amirudin, Noor Hisham , who is a former PKNS FC president, Omar Ali and Abdul Rauf Ahmad.
Amirudin also revealed that efforts are being made to increase Selangor’s budget for the year 2015 to double the figure from the present RM9 million as Selangor embark on a long journey to win at least one title this season which kicksoff with the Charity Shield match between Pahang (Malaysia Cup and FA Cup champions) and Johor Darul Takzim (Super League champions) at the Larkin Stadium in Johor Bahru on this Saturday.
“Our target is to win at least one title,” said Amirudin after his appointment.
The Mentri Besar later told a press conference that the revamp was done after getting the feedback.
“After listening to the feedback (from the fans) we have made the necessary changes and we hope to bring back the glory days to Selangor football,” said Azmin.
Selangor have won the prestigious Malaysia Cup 32 times but have finished the last four seasons without a silverware to show. Last year Selangor’s best was finishing runners-up to JDT in the Super League.
The Red Giants face a tough away match against Terengganu at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium on Feb 7 – a much awaited clash because last year’s Gold Boot winner Paulo Rangel has switched camps and moved to the East Coast following a fallout with the Selangor management over his contract. The Brazilian ace scored 16 goals in the league.
Selangor’s second match is also away and it is another trip to the East Coast to face defending Malaysia Cup and FA Cup champions Pahang. Pahang also won the Charity Shield last season.