Exclusive: Sarawak parts ways with Robert Alberts

Sarawak FA have decided to produce a response for their poor performances in the Malaysia Super League by parting ways with Dutch head coach Robert Alberts.

The Crocs are currently 10th on the table – merely three points above the relegation zone – and they have only won three games throughout the season. But last night was certainly the final straw, after they succumbed to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Pahang.

According to a source within Sarawak FA, the 60 year-old spoke extensively with current Sarawak FA President Datu Sudarsono, before both parties mutually decided to terminate the contract.

This marks the end of Robert’s second stint with Sarawak. He first took charge of them between 2008 and 2009, before making a return in 2011. Under his tutelage, Sarawak clinched the Malaysian Premier League title in 2013, finishing the entire season without a single defeat.

They finished 7th in the Malaysia Super League last season, though their excellent showing contributed to departure of several key players from the team. Junior Eldstal and S. Chanturu were poached by Johor DT, while Gabor Gyepes was released due to injury concerns.

The source also went on to confirm that the management is currently assessing candidates to replace Robert, with Harimau Muda A head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee being part of the shortlist.

However, the ultimate decision will depend on Kim Swee himself, considering that he recently reiterated his desire to continue working under the Football Association of Malaysia.

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