MANILA, Philippines — No formal announcement has been made on the status of coach Michael Weiss but the Philippine Azkals are prepared to move on from the era of the German mentor with an important tournament just five months away.
Sources said Weiss’ contract will be terminated effective Jan. 15, marking the end of a three-year tenure that saw the German steer the Azkals to a third-place finish in the AFC Challenge Cup and a second straight semifinal stint in the AFF Suzuki Cup.
Azkals manager Dan Palami said they have taken steps to ensure that the team stays on track with its preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup without Weiss.
“I have to be prepared for the decision that’s coming,” said Palami Sunday at the launch of the Total Football Azkals-SM Mall of Asia tie-up that will pave the way for the holding of football clinics.
“I have actually shortlisted several candidates,” said Palami Weiss’ contract is due to expire in March, but with the AFC Challenge Cup slated in May, the PFF was left with an option to stay with him or take a different direction for the Azkals.
Palami paid tribute to Weiss, but hinted that the German may not be the right man to take the Azkals to the next level. “He gave us concrete results,” Palami said.