Former Netherlands international George Boateng has been named the new coach of Kelantan following the sacking of Steve Darby, it was confirmed on Wednesday night.
The Red Warriors have been on the hunt for a new coach after giving Darby the boot on April 15, following a run of disappointing results that culminated with an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Sime Darby.
In the immediate aftermath of Darby’s departure, several names have been linked with the managerial vacancy at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium but the rumours were put to an end late on Wednesday night when the club confirmed on their official Facebook page that Boateng would be their new coach.
This marks the 38-year-old’s first foray into management given he only retired from playing last year following a stint with fellow MSL outfit T-Team, and has since remained in Malaysia working as a television pundit.
Although he began his career in Netherlands, Boateng is most famous for his time in the English Premier League after spending a total of 14 seasons playing for Coventry, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Hull.
Boateng’s arrival is not the only change at Kelantan after the club also confirmed that the arrival of two new foreign signings to replace Nigerian centre-back Obinna Nwaneri and Lebanon striker Mohammed Ghaddar.
One of the new faces is ex-Hoffenheim striker Prince Tagoe, who represented Ghana at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, while the other – Hussein Alaa Hussein – is a 26-year-old Iraq international who last played in the Thai Premier League with Bangkok United.
Liberia striker Francis Forkey Doe and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Shawky have been retained as Kelantan’s other two foreigners.