KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky harboured hopes to start afresh with the men’s shuttlers after a good holiday with his family in Indonesia.
But now he has been presented with a “big headache”.
Rexy, who resumed work yesterday, certainly seemed slighted after he was kept in the dark over the appointment of Tan Kim Her as the latest member of the doubles coaching set-up.
He does not know how the former national doubles shuttler would fit into his plans.
But the Indonesian has no choice but to look again at the work delegation of his coaching team when the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) coaching and training committee meet.
The BAM hired Kim Her last week and he is expected to report for work next month.
“Honestly, I do not know what to say. I am the doubles chief coach but I did not know anything about the appointment,” said Rexy.
“I have done my part and planned everything. All the coaches under my jurisdiction have a group of players to look after. For now, I have no answer on the role of Kim Her because I do not know about it myself.”
In the current set-up of doubles coaches are Rosman Razak (men’s elite), Pang Cheh Chang (men’s back-up), Chang Kim Wai (women’s back-up) and Jeremy Gan (mixed doubles).
Rexy oversees the whole group and he also coaches the top women’s pair, Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui, and four men’s doubles shuttlers – Pang Zheng Lin, Chooi Kai Ming, Goh Jian Hao and Lau Win Hwi, who were promoted from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
Rexy, however, was quick to add that he had nothing against Kim Her and said that the presence of the Malaysian would add depth to the set-up.
Kim Her quit as a national doubles coach of the Malaysian team in 2004 to seek new challenge with stints in South Korea and England.
Despite being caught unawares by the BAM’s decision to hire a new coach, Rexy said that his goals and objectives for the players remained the same.
The players are being geared up to hit peak form in four major events this year – Thomas Cup Finals, world championships, Commonwealth Games and the Asiad.
And he is also looking for a good start from the men’s doubles pairs in the Malaysian Open from Jan 19-24. None of the pairs will feature in the season-opening Super Series event, the Korean Open, next week.