In a surprising move, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has announced on Monday (Jan 29) its decision to part ways with Coach Takayuki Nishigaya. This decision comes after a thorough evaluation of recent performances and results of the National Team, which the FAS believes have fallen below expectations.
The FAS explained that the timing for this change was carefully considered with the aim of injecting fresh energy into the team. This early transition will also provide the National Team with ample time to prepare for upcoming crucial matches in the next few months and the year-end AFF tournament.
The timing to effect this change was also reached after careful consideration.
The recent performances and results of the National Team have been below expectation, and the FAS believes that an early transition to a fresh successor would re-energise the team and allow a longer runway for the National Team to prepare for important matches in the next few months and the year-end AFF tournament.
Expressing their gratitude, the FAS acknowledged Coach Takayuki Nishigaya’s work in Singapore and wished him success in his future endeavors. The search for a successor is already underway, and the FAS will announce the new coach in due course.
The FAS would like to place on record its gratitude and thank Nishigaya for his work in Singapore and wish him every success in his future endeavours.
Fans and analysts have been left speculating about the reasons behind this decision, as Coach Nishigaya’s tenure was expected to bring positive change to the National Team.
However, it seems that the FAS believes a different approach is necessary to achieve the desired level of success.
Nishigaya began his coaching career in 2004 as a youth coach at Tokyo Verdy. He eventually moved up to the position of youth head coach before departing in 2009. After serving as an assistant coach at Albirex Niigata in 2012 and Mito Hollyhock from 2013 to 2015, he was eventually promoted to head coach at Mito Hollyhock. Prior to that, he worked as the head coach of SC Sagamihara before transitioning to Matsumoto Yamaga, where he held the position of under-18 head coach. In 2020, he joined the first-team staff as an assistant coach.
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