I was told that sacked national coach was still gainfully employed by FAM, despite the fact that his services were terminated (via SMS) last month.
Not wanting to believe heresay, I contacted Sathia last night via text messaging (since that is the in thing these days) and was told by Sathia that he still reports for duty as he has not received any official notification of his termination.
Well my next question is how can the search or employment of the next National coach take place when there is a national coach still in FAM? And since Sathia is there, why was there not national team training held since the M-League has taken a break?
And if we are to believe what we read in the papers, some of the articles are reproduced below for the benefit of the readers, then why is Sathia still around some 40 days after he has been terminated, unceremoniously by FAM?
Is there a clause in Sathia's contract, that FAM realised after their haste in sacking Sathia, that might cost them an arm and leg should they get rid of Sathia? If so was the Exco told of this clause?
The other question that keeps coming up, was there a contract in the first place? I was told by a Journalist that FAM could not sack Sathia as there was no contract, so how could they sack someone who was not employed?
This is what appeard in our national news agency Bernana.
PETALING JAYA, Feb 1 (Bernama) -- The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) today decided to terminate the contracts of national head coach B. Sathianathan and national team manager Datuk Soh Chin Aun.FAM deputy president Datuk Redzuan Tan Sri Sheikh Ahmad said the termination of Sathianathan and Chin Aun's contracts was to pave the way for new faces to head the national football team."The FAM executive committee meeting chaired by FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah were unanimous in their decision to terminate Sathianathan and Chin Aun's services. Sathianathan will be given a month's notice while Chin Aun's termination takes effect immediately," Redzuan told reporters at Wisma FAM after a three-hour meeting here today.
This is what appeared in AFP.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) also removed team manager Soh Chin Aun, the official Bernama news agency reported. The decision was made during a meeting chaired by FAM president Sultan Ahmad Shah.
"The meeting... unanimously agreed to end Sathianathan's contract with one month's notice for a number of reasons, while Soh Chin Aun's service will stop immediately," FAM deputy president Redzuan Sheikh Ahmad said. Redzuan declined to state why Sathianathan and Soh were sacked.
This is what appeared in The Star on Feb 22.
Except for the termination of B. Sathianathan and Datuk Soh Chin Aun as national team coach and manager respectively at the FAM executive committee meeting on Feb 1, no one seems to have an idea what is to come next.