Indonesian giants Persib hire ex-JDT boss Mario Gomez

Former Johor Darul Ta’zim coach Mario Gomez has been handed the reins of Indonesia Liga 1 giants Persib Bandung for the 2018 season.

The Argentine is best known in this region for his trophy-laden spell in charge of JDT, whom he led to two Malaysia Super League titles, an FA Cup and the historic AFC Cup triumph of 2015.

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After his success with the club side, he initially agreed to take charge of the Malaysia national team earlier this year but the deal fell through due to a pay dispute with Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

But it has not taken long for Gomez to land himself another job after signing a two-year deal with Persib, who have been searching for a long-term replacement for Djajang Nurdjaman.

Despite being one of Indonesian football’s heavyweights, Maung Bandung had a 2017 to forget as they finished 13th in the 18-team Liga 1, despite signing ex-English Premier League stars such as Michael Essien and Carlton Cole.

According to the club’s official website, Gomez has been tasked to return Persib to their former glory and has already begun to run the rule on current and prospective players ahead of his arrival in Bandung next month.