GEORGE TOWN, April 8 – Penang’s Brazil-born coach Jacksen Tiago will be rested for a month following a series of poor results. The Football Association of Penang had announced on Wednesday after an emergency meeting that its deputy president Lawrence Loh had stepped down as the team’s pro-committee chairman while coach Tiago will be relieved of his duties following the team’s dismal results.
Tiago said he was not aware of any emergency meeting on Wednesday but the team manager Mohd Azizuding Shariff had called him about 10am to inform him about the decision of the board. He said he believe that the decision was made due to a series of poor performances and he respect the board’s decision to rest him for the time being.
The Brazilian’s assistant, Manzoor Azwira, a former Penang player has been appointed to take over the position for now. However, Tiago said he would not be involved in the team’s training but still required to analyse and submit match reports after every game. He said he came here to do his best for the team and unfortunately his best is not enough as they failed to deliver results.
He said he will take this time to cool down and find out the best solution to deal with the situation. Tiago, former Indonesian national coach, has gone from hero to zero after guiding Penang to the Super League with a second placing in the second-tier Premier League last year.
Tuesday’s 1-2 defeat to Sarawak at home had resulted with a group of about 200 Penang supporters assembling to protest in front of the City Stadium’s main entrance, demanding Tiago to resign. The defeat left Penang in ninth position in the Super League standings and have only won once after playing six matches as well as lost in the FA Cup competition to Kuantan FA in the first round.