Benjamin Mora has been immediately promoted to the hotseat of Malaysian Super League champions JDT following the shock departure of Mario Gomez.
JDT produced a major shock on Wednesday by parting company with Gomez, despite the Argentine steering the club to two successive league titles, the FA Cup and helping them become the first south-east Asian side to lift the AFC Cup.
But just hours after confirming Gomez’s departure, JDT II coach Mora was announced as his successor in the Larkin Stadium dugout.
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“It has always been a major part of our long term planning to educate, develop and provide opportunities from within the JDT family,” said JDT sports director Alistair Edwards in a statement.
“JDT II is not only a development focus for players but also for the coaches and Benjamin Mora in the time he has been at JDT has shown that on a low budget he has been able to get JDT II to play in line with JDT philosophy.
“Mora in the off-season spent one month at Atletico Madrid as part of his professional development to prepare him for this role.”
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Mexican Mora guided JDT II to third place in the MPL last season after a playing career confined to teams in his homeland.
He will have little time to adjust to his new position, with JDT beginning their campaign against Kedah in the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup on Friday, before an all-important AFC Champions League qualifier against Bangkok United at the end of the month.