Velizar Popov: ‘Sisaket FC face no financial problems’

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ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

On Wednesday, former Kelantan head coach Maldives and Kelantan
head coach Velizar Popov announced that he has been appointed
as Sisaket FC’s new head coach, in the Thai Premier League.

Goal managed to get the Bulgarian coach’s
comments on his appointment, and a few thoughts on his former
club and time in Malaysia.

Popov departed Kelantan at the end of the 2016 season, despite
having overturned the Red Warriors’ performance to guide them
to a fourth-place finish in the Super League, citing that the
club could not meet his conditions to convince him to extend
his contract.

According to the 41-year old coach, his new club have no
troubles fulfilling those requirements, especially in terms of
the club’s finances.

“…the club (Sisaket) are ambitious and have very good
conditions and facilities for work – a great new training
center, a good stadium that’s always full with huge support
from the fans, so there’s opportunity to improve the club in
every aspect.

“…Sisaket are more professional in every aspect, starting
with the training center, the stadium, management and what I
know so far – no financial problems which can influence my work
with the players,” Popov told us in an email interview.

Explaining that his contract with them is set to run until the
end of this season with the option of extension by mutual
agreement, he also added that he has only modest targets for
the Dangerous Koupreys, who currently sit in 17th in the
18-team league.

“The first target is to win the next match, and after that – to
escape the relegation zone,” he explained.

He also told us that after he parted ways with Kelantan,
several other Malaysian clubs made initial approaches towards
him, but in the end nothing materialised.

“There were some interests but they didn’t end in any concrete
offers, so I decided to accept this huge challenge to try my
best to help Sisaket FC,” explained the former New Radiant
boss.

But despite him hinting at the idea that Sisaket are a better
run club than Kelantan, Popov sees parallels between the two
sides and told Goal he is not ruling out a
return to Kota Bharu in the future.

“…there’s a lot in common actually (between Kelantan and
Sisaket) – great fans and huge support, which will be our
weapon in our battle to escape the relegation.

“I had a great relationship with Kelantan players and fans – it
was a huge honor and great pleasure to work with and for
them. 

“I definitely like Malaysia and I look forward to to return
there someday!” expressed the former Hebar Pazardzhik player.

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