Press Releases ● May 17, 2017

Selvaraj Steps Down As GYL Coach



SINGAPORE, 17 MAY 2017: The Football Association of Singapore today announced that Coach V. Selvaraj has resigned as Head Coach of the Garena Young Lions (GYL) due to family reasons. National Youth Teams Head Coach Richard Tardy will lead the GYL until the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in August.

Coach Selvaraj said: “It has been an honour to be part of the FAS setup and I greatly appreciate the various opportunities given to me, including the appointment as Head Coach of the Garena Young Lions – a very young but talented team. Our boys have done very well over the past few months and have been unlucky not to have secured better results against the professional teams in the league. As much as I really enjoy working with the FAS management, technical colleagues including Technical Director Michel Sablon, National Youth Teams Head Coach Richard Tardy and other backroom staff, as well as this team of young boys, I have decided, after much consideration, to step down due to family reasons. With the continued support of the FAS and our stakeholders, I am confident that Richard will lead this team to greater heights.”

He added: “I would like to thank the FAS Executive Committee and Council Members for their trust in me, as well as the opportunities given to me throughout my employment at the FAS. I am also grateful to the FAS management and my colleagues across all departments for their excellent support. I wish the FAS, including the GYL and SEA Games team, all the best.”

Coach Tardy, who will also lead the Under-22 National Team at the SEA Games in August, said: “We are saddened by Selvaraj’s decision to step down from his position but we respect his decision – especially in view of his reasons. He has been a good colleague, both on and off the field, and I personally hope that he will make a return to the coaching fraternity soon. Selvaraj and the GYL backroom setup have done a good job in preparing our boys for the upcoming SEA Games competition and going forward, I will work closely with the rest of the coaching staff as we embark on the final phase of our ongoing preparations for the biennial competition.”

The FAS will commence a search for the new permanent Head Coach for the Garena Young Lions, and a further announcement will be made in due course.