Replies to Media ● Nov 09, 2016

FAS’ Reply To Media Query Regarding Sea Games Preparations And Departure Of Garena Young Lions Coach


“Patrick Hesse has resigned as Head Coach of developmental side Garena Young Lions (GYL) to explore other opportunities.

“As part of our coaching development pathway and ongoing efforts to develop local coaches, Technical Director Michel Sablon has recommended that current assistant coach V. Selvaraj takes over as Coach of the GYL next season. He will be supported and advised by Head Coach, National Youth Teams Richard Tardy who will play a more active role in the GYL setup in 2017, with next August’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in mind.”

– FAS Spokesman


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Singapore – it is a beautiful city with wonderful people, and the players I had under me this year have been amazing. The spirit they show every day in training is something I truly appreciate, so it is with a heavy heart that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities.


“It is a good move to field a young developmental team in the S.League and prepare them for major competitions such as the SEA Games. The management of the FAS – which is one of the most professional organisations I have worked at – has a good strategic plan of which youth development is a top priority, but more support is needed if we are to maximise the potential of footballers in the 17 to 21 age-group.”

– Patrick Hesse,  Coach of Garena Young Lions FC




“I wish to put on record my thanks to Patrick for the good job he has done this year. In recent months, the Under-21 National Team has achieved commendable results including a 5-0 win over Hong Kong and narrow 1-0 losses to top Asian teams like Iran and China, and many members of those teams were from the Garena Young Lions. Patrick trained them all season with the goal of making individual and collective progress for the future of Singapore football, so the results were also partially thanks to him.”

– Richard Tardy, Head Coach of National Youth Teams