Give Bernhardt the freedom to execute his ideas – Khairy Jamaluddin

Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin has reaffirmed that he will be doing everything within his capacity to help Frank Bernhardt, who has been appointed as the new head coach of the Malaysian U23 team.

The former Estonian youth coach has been tasked with formulating a plan for the U23 squad, ahead of next year’s SEA Games. And Khairy has publicly called for Bernhardt to be given the freedom to implement his ideas within the team.

“We will not be interfering in his duties. Instead, we’re looking to help him in any way we can,” Khairy was quoted as saying by Harian Metro.

“I certainly hope that no one else steps in and interferes with his efforts to win the SEA Games gold medal as well,” Khairy added.


We’ve got to agree with Khairy with this one. Like it or not, Bernhardt was handed the job after going through a thorough selection process. And if that process concluded that he’s the most suitable candidate for the role, then it’s important to give him the freedom necessary for him to implement his ideas. He’s got the relevant experience as well, having worked with players of this age for the biggest portion of his coaching career. Even if he’s not the right man, such conclusions can only be drawn upon properly evaluating the ideas and plans he develops and attempts to implement over the next 12 months.

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