Malta FA sack head coach Tom Sainfiet after just 3 matches in charge
Following widespread reports that Tom Saintfiet applied for the vacant post as Cameroon’s manager, the Malta FA announced that the Belgian’s contract was terminated. Moreover, the FA stated that this decision was taken after analyzing the situation and facts surrounding the case.
It was a report from BBC that named those who applied for an interview with the Cameroonian FA. With surprise, Saintfiet’s name was among the list. Later on the Belgian manager categorically denied this news on his Facebook. But after some time, for some reason, Saintfiet removed this same post.
The Malta stint adds another disappointing and short chapter for the 45-year-old manager. Back in 2010, he lasted less than a month after having issues with a work permit. A year later, Saintfiet was removed from coach of Ethopia after five months. Other short term tenures on Sainfiet’s CV are with Malawi, Bangladesh and Trinidad and Tobago.
In the end, the now former Malta manager will leave the island with a 100% defeat record. In the three games led, Malta lost to Finland, Luxembourg and Estonia. In the process the national team conceded 9 goals and scored none. This is considered as a disastrous record as the three teams are either on par with Malta or slightly better.
Who are the candidates?
Late in May and early June, Malta will face Armenia, Georgia and Moldova. Therefore, the MFA might pick an interim manager for these friendlies. Moreover, for the long-term, the early favourite man to be at the helm of the Maltese national team is Giovanni Tedesco. Momentarily the former Floriana and Birkirkara coach is unemployed. His job done in Malta was impressive and therefore this option is an obvious one. Another option is that of taking the route of choosing a Maltese manager. If the MFA chooses so, Under 21 manager Silvio Vella and Naxxar coach Oliver Spiteri could be in the frame. Birkirkara manager Paul Zammit could be the ideal appointment but it is questionable whether Birkirkara will let their manager depart.