|Former Loyola boss Simon Mcmenemy will now take the reins of Indonesia. file|
By Kevin Estrada
Fallen ASEAN powerhouse Indonesia will have a new manager at the new year, after tapping the services of former Philippines mentor Simon Mcmenemy on a two-year deal yesterday.
This comes after the Indonesian federation has demoted caretaker Bima Sakti to its under-16 side after overseeing its senior squad's disastrous stint in the AFF championship after the five-time finalists were eliminated from contention with one match to spare in the group stages.
A no stranger in Southeast Asian football, the 41-year old first made waves in the 2010 Suzuki Cup, where he steered the Azkals to its first semifinal appearance after pulling off a miraculous shocker over the hosts and the defending champions in Hanoi that help kickstart the Pinoy footballing revolution before being eliminated by his future employers in the last four in a thrilling tie in Gelora Bung Karno.
Since then he traveled to as far as Maldives for a spell at powerhouse New Radiant before returning to the country by taking charge of Loyola, helping the Sparks to win two cups in his two-year job there.
His recent managerial job was at Bhayangkara where he finished sixth this season, a year after nailing their maiden league title.
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