PHILIPPINE men’s football team manager Dan Palami expressed confidence that Azkals coach Michael Weiss will sign the six-month contract extension offered to him by management and the Philippine Football Federation.
Negotiations on the contract extension of Weiss, whose old two-year contract expired last week, have been ongoing for the last two weeks, but the German mentor has asked for some time to think about the offer.
But speaking during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday, Palami believes both parties have already tied the loose ends in a new deal that would have Weiss staying on at the helm of the Azkals.
“I think the main issues have been resolved. It’s just a matter of preparing the physical documents to put all these terms into a contract and have it signed by both parties,” the Tacloban-born entrepreneur said.
“But what is more important to me, the basic terms of the engagement have been resolved by the federation and the coach and we look forward to the preparation for the Challenge Cup,” added Palami, the man behind the Azkals' rise to prominence since 2010.
The Azkals are bracketed in Group E with Turkmenistan, and Southeast Asian neighbors Brunei and Cambodia in the Challenge Cup qualifiers to be held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium this March.
PFF secretary-general Ed Gastanes explained the length of the new contract of Weiss, who has led the Azkals to two unprecedented finishes in 2012 - third place in the Challenge Cup in March and a second successive semifinal appearance in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup in December.
“The decision to offer him six months was arrived at after considering all these factors not only the successes for the last two years, the problems that we have, but also other considerations like financial for example, and other terms and conditions,” Gastanes said.