PETALING JAYA: Johor FC’s K. Devan became the second coaching casualty of the Super League season when he tendered his resignation just five months into the job.
On April 5, Devan and six players were issued warning letters to buck up or ship out after Premier League side Sime Darby beat Johor FC 5-3 on aggregate in the FA Cup quarter-finals. This followed a series of poor performances in the Super League.
“The team didn’t perform to expectations and I must take responsibility for it,” said Devan, who follows Englishman Peter Butler who quit Kelantan in February.
“The team have potential but immediate results are expected although I haven’t even been with the team for a year.
“The other coaches like E. Elavarasan, Azraai Khor Abdullah and Abdul Rahman Ibrahim are into their second or third season with their teams, so they have better understanding of their players and can implement their plans better.”
The Negri Sembilan-born coach was given a one-year contract, with an option for another year, to transform the longest surviving club side in the top-flight into champions. But it proved to be an impossible task.
Johor FC are currently 13th in the 14-team league with 12 points and are staring at relegation to the Premier League,
“The team struggled as 60% of the players were injured. I only had my best 11 players in the match against Selangor last week,” said Devan, who plans to take a break before looking at his options.
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