JAKARTA (25 March 2012) – It is the end of the road for chief coach Simon McMenemy when Mitra Kukar FC decided to part ways with the Englishman following what they termed as ‘not being able to fulfil the ideals of the club.’
The decision to rescind the contract was made following Mitra Kukar’s 1-0 loss at home to Persidafon Dafonsoro this week.
“Yes, it is true that we have ended the contract with Simon. We have yet to decide on the replacement but we will be looking out for the right person,” explained Suwanto, Mitra Kukar’s Director of Operation.
Following the departure of McMenemy, the team will be handled temporarily by assistant coach Sukardi Kardok. Mitra Kukar had been on a spending spree prior to the start of the Indonesia Super League (ISL) when they signed quality players like Achmad Bustomi, Arif Suyono, Jajang Mulyana, Zulham Zamrun, Dirga Lasut, Saktiawan Sinaga and also Hamka Hamzah.
The team is currently placed fourth in the 18-team ISL.
Mitra were hoping that McMenemy could get the same kind of success he carved in 2010 when he led the Philippines to the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup.