Westwood’s contract terminated by Penang

Malaysia Super League side Penang are looking for a new coach after terminating the contract of Ashley Westwood at the weekend.

Westwood has left the club after failing to win a single league game during his three months in charge.

Penang are currently rock bottom of the league with just two points from eight games, the club’s worst start ever to a MSL season.

A statement posted on Facebook by the club quoted club president Zairil Khir Johari as saying, “He has decided to end his services with us as coach with immediate effect after the club had a discussion with him.”

“The management has decided to elect assistant coach Darren Read as interim coach before we announce the appointment of a new coach in due time.”

Westwood is the third coaching casualty of the season in the MSL following Felda United’s Azmi Mohamed and Karl Heinz-Weigang of Perak.

The former Manchester United trainee arrived in Georgetown with a good track record having lead Bengaluru FC of India to two I-League titles in three years.

But reports suggested that Westwood’s modern methods and strict style of management didn’t go down well with many of the players.

Former coach Bojan Hodak is among the favourites to take over from Westwood, the Croatian saving Penang from relegation on the final day of last season after taking over in a similar situation.


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