Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng has appointed a new head coach for the impending Metfone C-League season, filling the void left by respected coach Vandeth Sam, with the club sponsoring his A-License.
At a press conference yesterday morning, Ork Samnang, the secretary-general of the club, told reporters that the club had appointed Irishman Conor Nestor as head coach for the 2018 season and that coach Vandeth, Svay Rieng’s long-time tactician, will be sent to study for an AFC ‘A’ coaching license.
Mr Samnang clarified that the club did not remove coach Vandeth from his position and that he was still employed by the Svay Rieng club.
They stated they will be providing coach Vandeth’s travel expenses, accommodation, food and other expenses so he may complete this vital coaching qualification.
While coach Vandeth has not yet revealed his training destination, he is expected to go to regional football powerhouse Japan.
Coach Nestor, 33, revealed he had worked with the Irish Football Federation for almost a decade, eight years of which he spent as a coach educator, elite coach and development officer.
He came to Cambodia in October 2017, soon finding himself coaching ISI Group United in the KMH Champions League. He is a UEFA A-licensed coach with 15 years’ experience at various levels in the game.
“I’m ready for the challenge at Svay Rieng,” said the coach, “but with players like [Shane] Booysen and [Suon] Sovann and the quality they bring to the club will be important in bringing success to this great club.”
New acquisitions Sovann from Western FC and Shane Booysen from Phnom Penh Crown were also officially presented at the morning conference.
Booysen, who was at his new manager’s side during yesterday’s press conference, spoke of his disappointment that he would not be sharing the pitch with Prak Mony Udom, who recently left the club for a crack at the Malaysian Super League with Negeri Sembilan FC.
“For me, it was a shock to see Mony Udom leave because I wanted to play alongside him. We played together in the All Star games three times,” said the 29-year old forward.
“We played well together,” he added.
However, Booysen stated he respected Mony Udom’s decision to gain experience abroad and said he instead would look forward to playing with his new teammates – including promising youngsters from the youth setup and newcomers, such as Sovann.
Svay Rieng last won the Cambodian league championship in 2013 and the Samdech Techo Hun Sen Cup three times in 2012, 2015 and 2017.