Dutchman De Roo Malaysia’s new technical director

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The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have installed Dutchman Peter De Roo as their new technical director.

De Roo’s main task will be to restructure Malaysia’s long-neglected grassroots scene.

The Dutchman replaces Swiss national Fritz Schmid whose three-year contract ran out in April.

De Roo, who starts his new role in September, is an experienced coach who has had spells in his native Holland as well as Australia.

A former player for BV Veendam and SC Cambuur, he became coach and then technical director with SC Cambuur at the end of his playing career.

After a spell coaching in Queensland, De Roo was appointed technical director of the Football Federation Australian Centre of Excellence in 2012 and oversaw the Australian U16 and U17 sides.

During his tenure, the Australian U17 team secured qualification for the 2015 U17 World Cup.

One of De Roo’s major tasks will be to revamp Malaysia’s National Football Development Programme (NFDP).

The appointment is the latest since the Crown Prince of Johor (TMJ) took over as FAM president in March.

In May, Portuguese coach Nelo Vingada was appointed coach of the national team, while his predecessor Ong Kim Swee reprised his former role as coach of the U22 side.