Gomez named as new Malaysia coach

Mario Gomez has been named as Malaysia’s new national team coach – just two months after his shock departure from league champions JDT.

Tunku Sultan Ismail – known as TMJ – was confirmed as the new president of the Football Association of Malaysia on Saturday and in his first act, he announced the appointment of Argentine boss Gomez.

The 58-year-old left JDT on the eve of the Malaysian Super League season after presiding over the most successful spell in the club’s history, including two titles, the FA Cup, Charity Shield and AFC Cup.

Gomez will take over from current coach Ong Kim Swee, who has been placed in charge of the Under-23s team.

“I have Mario to replace Ong Kim Swee, who will be heading to the U23 squad. Mario will have his own assistant, I will give him the freedom to choose,” said TMJ.

“But Mario’s performance will be monitored. If I can see progress, he can be there. If he is not up to the mark, then we will have to change. Mario should be starting work by next week.

“We have been in a slump for 30 years. We have the Asian Cup qualifiers coming up, and I don’t think I can promise to get us there, I just came in.

“But I am going to do my best. I will be with the team, the coaches, the players and, obviously, we are going to give it our best shot and fight for the country.”