JDT appoint Morais as new head coach

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have named Ulisses Morais as their new head coach until the end of the season following the removal of Benjamin Mora.

Portuguese Morais was unveiled on Monday evening, less than a day after the club announced that Mora would be moving back to coach second-string side JDT II.

In a post on the Malaysian champions’ Facebook page, the club said that: “Morais will be taking on the role as head coach and manager of JDT.”

“The Portuguese coach has a vast experience coaching at various Portuguese clubs. We hope that with this experience under his belt, he will be able to take JDT to greater heights.”

Morais, 57, was previously linked with the national team coach’s job, but that position eventually went to another Portuguese, Nelo Vingada.

The position marks Morais’ first attempt at coaching outside of his homeland after more than 20 years coaching clubs including Maritimo, Estoril, Famalicao, Aves, and Academica.

Mora was relieved of his duties after the Malaysian Super League leaders crashed out of both the Malaysian FA Cup and the AFC Cup to Philippine side Ceres Negros in the space of a few weeks.

His immediate task will be to ensure the reigning champions secure a fourth consecutive domestic title.

They currently lead the league by six points after 13 games.

Morais met the players for the first time on Monday and will have two weeks to prepare the squad for their next game at home to bottom-club Penang on July 1.