Singaporean giants Home United have parted ways with South Korean coach Lee Lim-saeng after confirming his resignation early on Thursday morning.
Lee was at the helm of the Protectors for five years after arriving in 2010 and twice led them to two Singapore Cup triumphs, as well as the Round of 16 in the AFC two years ago.
Nonetheless, he failed to achieve the ultimate goal of bringing the S.League title back to the Bishan Stadium, with his side finishing as runners-up in both 2011 and 2013.
His time at the club was also blighted by frequent fallouts with members of his squad on numerous occasions, which almost always inevitably resulted in an abrupt departure for the player.
Having once again set his sights on glory this past season, 2014 turned out to be another disappointing campaign for Home as they finished fourth in the league and fell to a shock 3-1 defeat to Balestier Khalsa in the final of the Singapore Cup.
In what was an even-more shocking turn of events, the club announced Prime League coach Philippe Aw as his replacement.
Aw’s association with the Protectors began way back in 1999 as a player and he gradually moved on to becoming a staff coach with the club, achieving plenty of success with the Prime League squad in 2014 as they went through the entire campaign unbeaten.
However, given the stature of Home, it was still a big surprise that they made to bold move to hand the reins to a coach who is a novice at senior level, although it was revealed he will “work closely together with a team of specialist coaches”.
Aw is also said to be “deeply entrenched in the values and philosophy” of the club and will begin his reign in the coming weeks as his side prepare for the 2015 season.