S.League Most Successful Coach Richard Bok Declares Interest in LionsXII Post

The race is on to find a suitable replacement for V.Sundramoorthy who stepped down from his post at LionsXII after a successful two-year stint with the Malaysia Super League champions.

While there have been calls and pressure from the fans and online community for Football Association of Singapore (FAS) to appoint Singapore’s favourite footballing son Fandi Ahmad, there are several prominent coaches making a serious bid for the hot seat.

One such person is S.League most illustrious coach Richard Bok who had won four league titles, three Singapore Cups and was named coach of the year on three occasions.

“Of course I am interested.” said Bok to Voxsports. “It is a good challenge and I have been with the S.League for a while and it is a different environment altogether.”

Bok who was previously assistant to various coaches at Warriors – namely Fandi, ex-Singapore national coach Vincent Subramaniam and Welshman Jimmy Shoulder – feels that he is up for the post and hope to bring them to the next level.

“Malaysia Cup is also a big stage for Singapore’s football and it is good to be able to lead and see where I am able to take them.

“We will have to see what the road is for me and let’s say at the moment I am keen at the LionsXII post and the rest we will see what happen.”

FAS had posted a job advertisement for the LionsXII head coach job on its website and in the mainstream media on Saturday, October 13, and among the responsibilities for the chosen one includes;

- Develop and deliver a coaching programme focused on achieving the targets set out in the FAS Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015.

- Conduct extensive talent scouting across the country and overseas to ensure strong team selection.

- Develop a four-year training and competition programme and work closely with the Head Coach, National Teams, Technical Director and Staff Coaches to fulfil various goals, including football excellence and development.

- Mentor and assist in the career development of the National Football Academy Staff Coaches.

According to reliable sources, Bok was offered a job at the organisation, to oversee the Centre of Excellence coaches earlier in the year. The 44-year old was also previously in the running for the Courts Young Lions post, but eventually losing out to current SEA Games squad coach Aide Iskandar.

Application for the LionsXII head coach post will be closed on October 26.