Sundram set to be given reins on Friday
V. SUNDRAMOORTHY is set to be the country's next national football head coach with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) expected to announce his appointment on Friday.
The Straits Times understands that the FAS will present Sundram as the Lions' caretaker coach to the media at Jalan Besar Stadium at 4.30pm.
Tampines Rovers coach Sundram has agreed on terms for a one-year contract. His main target will be to reach the semi-finals of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, which will be co-hosted by Myanmar and the Philippines in November and December.
There are plans by the FAS to extend the 50-year-old's contract should Singapore do well in the biennial regional tournament. This will be Sundram's second spell as the caretaker coach of the national team.
In 2013, he had a short stint in charge as the FAS hunted for Raddy Avramovic's replacement.
On Tuesday, Sundram helmed his final Tampines game as he masterminded the Stags' brilliant 2-1 win away at India's Mohun Bagan.
Victory was achieved against the odds as Tampines had a man sent off and Afiq Yunos' winning goal in extra-time came from a set-piece devised by the tactician.
A former Singapore international striker, Sundram began his coaching career at the now-defunct S-League club Jurong FC and previously coached the Young Lions.
In 2013, he enjoyed one of his finest hours in the dugout when he led the LionsXII to the Malaysian Super League title.