THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) executive board meeting yesterday could not come to any conclusive decision on hiring a foreign coach to replace Tai Beng Hai.
The Board deliberated on the matter, but said they needed at least two more weeks to decided on the foreign coach.
"There was no decision taken on a replacement for Tai Beng Hai, as the president (Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah) said that more time was needed to find a replacement coach," said senior vice-president Dr S. Shamala.
After Beng Hai failed to take Malaysia into the Olympics, the MHC went on a hunt for a foreign replacement.
The front-runner among the foreign coaches is Paul Revington of South Africa, who last coached the Irish team to the silver medal in the Dublin Olympic Qualifier.
And he might just being in his trusted lieutenant Arul Selvaraj, a former Malaysian international who was assistant to Paul in Ireland.
The other possible candidate to replace Beng Hai is Australian Paul Gaudoin.
On the future of Beng Hai: "He has been given the mandate by the Executive Board to do development work, and will be in charge of the Project 2021 team," said Shamala.
And for the Project 2017 team, the Board decided on Lim Chiow Chuan and Lailin Abu Hassan as coaches.
"The Board also could not come to an agreement on whether to accept the resignation of Hashim Yusof (the former MHF secretary and later an office-bearer) as the president said that the matter should be left to his discretion at a later date," said Shamala.
However, the Board did decide that the Asia Cup next year, would be held in October as to accommodate the Junior World Cup which would be held in November.
"No other major decisions were taken by the Board, as many of the matters needed more deliberation time," said Shamala.