After 6 years languishing in the 2nd Division Premier League , 4 points gained from our opening three games is a solid start for our Sabah Hawks . Even more so , when one considers that we have 9 new players in the squad this year and no doubt it will take time for the team to gel under the tutelage off Gary Phillips .
Watch for the team to improve as the season progresses as players adapt to their respective individual jobs under the system played by Coach Phillips . No doubt stability within a core set of players is the way to go for consistent long term success . Add two or three new players every year to freshen things up and your on the right track .
However , for this year Coach Phillips was off the opinion that to survive in the tougher Super league the squad needed to be dramatically revamped . For me 2011 is all about stability & consolidation – a solid mid table finish will give us the platform to ascertain where to improve the squad and just maybe look to challenge for honours from 2012 onwards .
A realistic perspective from all involved with the Sabah Hawks including fans and officials and just maybe we can slowly but surely once again become a powerhouse in Malaysian Football . But remember , Rome was’nt built in a day and successful Football Teams are built on long term stability .
WELCOME MARK JONES
May I take this opportunity to welcome Mark Jones to Sabah .
“Jonesy” will be assisting with both the Sabah 1st team & Reserve teams and its great for the Sabah FA to bring in quality coaches in order to raise the standard of coaching here in Sabah .
Only a few months back Jonesy was assistant coach for Newcastle Jets in the Australian A-League so it’s a real coup from the Sabah FA to get him here . I played against Mark many times in the old Australian National Soccer League and I can tell you he was a fierce competitor .
Young aspiring coaches such as Burhan ? and Johnny Dominican will hopefully take advantage of this opportunity to learn from fully qualified career coaches such as Gary Phillips & Mark Jones .
KK JUNIOR LEAGUE
The KK Junior League will once again take place in 2011 with the League beginning on 19th February . The League will expand this year to include under 16s to go with the under 12s and under 14s and games will be played every Saturday at the Likas Sports Complex .
Like I keep repeating , if we are serious about developing Football in Sabah then nothing should come before Grass Roots simply because these kids are the future State & National players .
While many are drawn towards the Senior Leagues which , lets be honest , is where all the limelight is , we simply wont develop quality Footballers without Junior Leagues and correct technical training .
GLORY GLORY WAYNE ROONEY
Write champions off at your peril – just when many , including myself , were questioning if Wayne Rooney would ever rediscover his best form , he goes and scores one of the greatest goals ever witnessed in the English Premier League , and at Old Trafford for that matter .
Scoring goals creates confidence and more important than that , energy . Watch for a reinvigorated & energized Wayne Rooney to lead Manchester United to the 2010/2011 EPL Title.