After a dismal performance at the Singapore University Games 2009, SMU's team manager yesterday announced the appointment of two new coaches - Hairul Naim and Daniel Marc Chow - in the build up to the Tri-Universities 2010. There had been constant speculation as to who would assume the role of head coach vacated by Rong over the Christmas break - and it was no surprise that DMC and Hairul emerged as favourites for the position. In fact, in the build up to this appointment, bookmakers had placed Hairul as a 2-1 favourite for the position, with DMC close behind as a 3-1 favourite.
What was surprising was the appointment of two coaches - a move that caught everyone by surprise, the first time SMU has had two coaches concurrently. Will the 2007 SEA Games duo be able to rub their magic on the City Boys and bring back an era of success?