Home success could see Aidil earn Malaysia Super League move

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Home United coach Aidil Sharin could soon find himself managing in Malaysia with three Super League sides interested in his services.

In his first full season in charge of the Protectors, Aidil has led his side to the ASEAN Zone final of the AFC Cup and a third-place finish in the S.League, which should be enough to guarantee them continental football again in 2018.

These achievements are all the more impressive given that success has come with style, with Home being one of the most attractive sides in Singapore, and the whole of Southeast Asia, this year.

Having played 40 games across four competitions, the Protectors have hit the back of the net a staggering 96 times, averaging almost 2.5 goals a match.

Home still have two more games to go before they end their campaign – away to Tampines Rovers in the S.League and the Singapore Cup third place playoff against Hougang United – but it already looks as though they could be Aidil’s last matches at the helm.

FOX Sports Asia understands that three clubs from across the Causeway have approached Aidil to enquire about his services, with a prospective deal potentially also seeing him bring a couple of his current players and technical staff members along with him to the Super League.

The most famous of these sides are Kelantan, champions as recently as 2012 but looking to bounce back following a horror year that saw them survive relegation only on the final day of the season.

The other two clubs who are exploring the idea of appointing Aidil are FELDA United and PKNS FC, who finished third and seventh respectively in Malaysia’s top flight.

When contacted by FOX Sports Asia, Aidil refused to be drawn into speculation over his future other than acknowledge there was interest coming from the Super League, but instead chose to focus on his present achievements at Home.

“There has been something special at Home United this season,” the former Singapore international told FOX Sports Asia. “With quality and youth, it’s been fantastic.

“We went against all the odds to reach the AFC Cup zonal final, we wanted to entertain the fans with free-flowing, attacking football and we did it.

Aidil has led Home to 22 victories in 40 games this season at a 60% win rate

“Playing from the back was our objective this season and to score over 90 goals in 40 games is a good achievement for every player in the squad.

“I hope to finish the season on a high with Home United in the remaining two games.”

Should Aidil secure a move to Malaysia, he will follow in the footsteps of two of Singapore’s favourite footballing sons.

Back in 2012, Fandi Ahmad took charge of Johor Darul Ta’zim as they were beginning their rise to becoming the dominant force in Malaysia, while current Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy had a one-season stint at the helm of second-tier Negeri Sembilan.

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