Kim Swee to stay on until December

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The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have announced that Ong Kim Swee will remain the national team's head coach until December. 

Kim Swee was brought in as Dollah Salleh's replacement after the latter resigned following Malaysia's humiliating 10-0 loss to the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, the worst defeat in the country's history.

The 44-year-old Kim Swee, who had been at the helm of the Under-23 side, began his tenure as head coach of the senior team with a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, a game in which Malaysia were 2-1 down when the match was abandoned after fans threw flares onto the pitch.

Following a meeting on Monday, FAM have decided to keep Kim Swee on board until the end of the year when his current contract expires.

"Although we know Kim Swee is still the head coach of the U-23 squad until his contract expires at the end of December 2015, he will continue with his duties as interim head coach of the national team," FAM deputy president Abdul Mokhtar Ahmad was quoted as saying on the FAM's official website. "Within this one week, I will also meet with him to clarify this situation because we understand he also needs a conclusive decision about his status."

In addition, FAM have decided to advertise the head coach role, along with the U23 head coach position. In order to ensure they receive a healthy number of applications, FAM are encouraging foreign and local candidates to apply for both posts. 

"Indeed, from certain angles, there are many who want it to be a foreign coach, but we are open," Abdul Mokhtar said. "Anyone who meets the criteria, there is no problem for us to select the individual.

"The criteria that we are emphasising on is that the individual must be capable, and have a good level of professionalism."