Saturday, February 9, 2008
Rush confirms approach over Malaysia role
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush has confirmed the Football Association of Malaysia have contacted him about a possible role with the national team.
Rush, who is currently the elite performance director of the Welsh Football
Trust, has been earmarked as part of the restructuring of the national team in
the wake of a string of poor performances.
In last year's Asian Cup, which Malaysia co-hosted, they failed to win a match
in the group stage and scored just one goal. Malaysia were also eliminated in
the first round of qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in November.
'I have been asked to have a look at their strikers, but it has got no
further than that at the moment,' said 46-year-old Rush.
'I will be having another chat with them when I get back from Portugal, where
I am at the moment on a break. Maybe sometime next week I will be in a better
position to make a decision.
'If it did happen I wouldprobably go out there a couple of times for a short
visit, but it would have to fit in with my current job with the Welsh FA Trust,
helping to bring their kids through.
'So at the moment I can't confirm anything really, I will know more in a week
Malaysia national team coach B. Sathianathan will also spend three weeks with
Premier League champions Manchester United, and will work with Sir Alex
Ferguson's assistant Carlos Queiroz.
Sathianathan, who replaced Norizan Bakar last August, told the Star Newspaper:
'This a great chance for me to learn from the best.
'The national team will not be in training during that period and I can spend
time learning and looking at ways to further improve our team.'