Ignore at your own peril, but Perak FC could be putting together title-winning team

It’s been nine years since a team other than Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) won the Malaysian Super League.

And judging by most clubs’ lack of proper planning and their foolishness in wanting immediate glory, it is very likely that the Southern Tigers will continue their streak of success for many more years to come.

Everyone, including myself, has ideas on how to end JDT’s dominance.

But the experience I had in managing a football club has led me to realise that the struggle to stay in power is a massive beating in itself. So much so, that you wouldn’t have the time and steam to oversee the execution of any of those brilliant ideas.

And that’s the problem. We are blessed with so many brilliant minds, but when the opportunity presents itself, we find ourselves knee-deep in pointless political excursions and bickering.

I have flown a Sikorsky S-61A4 Nuri, and I have had the chance of being a chief executive officer of a professional football club, but let me tell you, flying the helicopter is much less complicated.

Now, that was obviously a lie (me flying a helicopter). But you get the point, no? Every pre-season, we are treated to transfer stories of foreign football stars joining a club in the Super League for outrageous amounts of wages.

And at every end of the season, we hear or read of clubs being skinned alive by the likes of keyboard warriors and fans for not managing public funds properly.

Like every other good supporter, I should have been excited knowing that the club I’m supporting is expected to hire a foreign football superstar with a salary three or four times more than the average chief executive officer in Malaysia. I should be brimming with hope.

But I’m not. I’m actually filled with awful sadness. A sense that something truly terrible will happen. That the club would be spending millions of ringgit for the opportunity to merely take part.

Some will be lucky. Kuala Lumpur City FC won the Malaysia Cup not too long ago. But then again, luck never lingers for long.

Most won’t be lucky. And what if you’re in this camp? How long would it take before you realise the answer is never to be found in satisfying your immediate lust for silverware?

What will it take for you to get the picture that spending 80 to 90 per cent of the club’s revenue entirely on what happens on the pitch is shallow and financially absurd?

Meanwhile, in Ipoh, it seems that every single decision is made with the view of making Perak FC commercially viable and sustainable.

Coaches and players brought into the club represent a long-term football development plan. Being fully privatised, commercial strategies are also carefully designed to ensure that the club’s recovery includes a robust footing rooted within the state.

To achieve that, Perak FC is seen to be coordinating effectively within and across all levels of the state government.

The distance to JDT seems like light years away, but these long-term investment transfers and commercial exercises made by Perak FC could close the gap faster than most other clubs.

This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Twentytwo13.

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