BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Former Selangor assistant head coach and interim head coach P. Maniam has been announced as the Red Giants head coach for the 2017 season.
According to an official announcement made by the club late Monday, Maniam was appointed due to his Pro Diploma AFC coaching license, which is one of the Malaysian FA's 2017 Club Licensing Requirements.
The former Selangor player was assistant head coach for Selangor from 2009 to 2015. He had two stints as interim head coach, in the 2011 and 2013 Malaysia Cup. When Zainal Abidin Hassan was appointed as head coach before the start of the 2016 season, the 48-year old coach left Selangor.
He then joined FAM Cup side AirAsia FC, taking them to the semi-final stage, almost leading them to promotion. He was then replaced by Mat Zan Mat Aris.
In the meantime, Selangor announced that their interim head coach; K. Gunalan, who was appointed to the post following Zainal's sacking in the middle of the 2016 season, will be returning to his original post as assistant head coach.
The Red Giants meanwhile have also appointed a new team manager and assistant manager; from its own Selangor FA (FAS) executive committee ranks.
They have appointed former player Abdul Rauf Ahmad as team manager, and former Selangor President's Cup squad head coach Omar Ali as his assistant.
With the pair's appointments, it seems that the renegade FAS exco have shut out former manager Amirudin Shari and former assistant manager Hisham Gouth Noor Hisham Ghouth, who are believed to be on FAS president Dato' Seri Azmin Ali's side in the still ongoing FAS power struggle, which has led to the team's current financial woe.