- Fri 22 Oct, 2004 9:54 am
<b>Clean up your act, MPPJ
BY ERIC SAMUEL
PETALING JAYA: Premier League champions Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) have until the end of the week to put their house in order. Otherwise, coach Dollah Salleh is out.
Dollah said yesterday that he was frustrated by the unprofessional approach taken by the management and he might just take up an offer to coach the Selangor team.
MPPJ will be playing in the Super League next season while Selangor remain in the Premier League.
“I am frustrated over the way things are going on here (MPPJ),” said Dollah.
“Yes, Selangor have offered me the job to coach their side but I have not made a decision on it yet. I am not just looking at the perks. More important to me is job satisfaction. I want a healthy and supportive working environment.”
The former international said that there were several matters to be resolved first with the MPPJ management before he considered leaving the Black Widow, who he guided into the history books last year as the first club side to win the Malaysia Cup.
“I had everything going smoothly when I took up the job here two seasons ago,” said Dollah.
“But now it is difficult to motivate the players when promises are not fulfilled. I will make a decision on whether to leave the team in a few days' time.”
There are certainly many unhappy faces in the MPPJ team, who failed to get past the group stage of the Malaysia Cup competition this year.
It was learnt that the players have not been fully rewarded for their success in beating Sabah 3-0 in the Malaysia Cup final. The players were promised about RM15,000 each.
The team management last year were headed by the then MPPJ president, Datuk Abdul Karim Munisar. But he was replaced in August after just 15-months in office by Datuk Ahmad Termizi Putih.
“We have not heard anything from the new management. We are in the Super League and need to move fast to work on our plans if we are to survive in the top flight,” said Dollah.
MPPJ following their success to lift the Malaysia Cup last year went on a high this season. They got off to a flying start, bagging the Charity Shield – defeating Negri Sembilan 4-2.
They won Group B of the Premier League competition to gain promotion to the Super League and went on to finish as the champions, beating Malacca Telekom 3-2 in the final.
Selangor will make an all out bid to win promotion to play in the 2006 Super League. And they want Dollah to chart their fortunes.
This year, Selangor started out with Omar Ruben Larossa as the coach but the Argentine was replaced by Ismail Ibrahim in mid-season.