Dutchman Robert Alberts quits as Sarawak coach in MSL
Sarawak's Robert Alberts has become the latest coaching casualty of the 2015 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season after parting ways with the East Malaysian club in the "best interest of the team".
The 60-year-old Dutchman made his announcement on Thursday night following five successive league defeats after their home draw against Perak on June 20.
The former Malaysia U19 and South Korea U17 boss is the sixth MSL coach to lose his job this season and comes after Kelantan's Azraai Khor decided to move on earlier this week.
Kelantan had parted ways with one more coach -- Alberts' fellow Dutchman George Boateng -- in March.
Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (Terengganu), Bojan Hodak (Johor Darul Ta'zim) and B. Sathianathan (ATM FA) have also moved on during the course of the season.
Alberts' decision comes at a crucial juncture for the Crocs, who are preparing for three back-to-back home MSL games early next month against defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (Aug. 1), Selangor (Aug. 5) and PDRM FA (Aug. 8).
Sarawak are in 10th place in the 12-team league and are just three points off the drop zone with 13 points. And 11th placed ATM FA have a game in hand.
Sarawak's last MSL win of the season came before the international break on May 2 when they defeated Kelantan 3-2 in Kuching.
Alberts, who coached Kedah to a Malaysia Cup win in 1993, won the S.League with Home United in 1999 and the Indonesian Super League with Arema FC in 2009-10. He also coached Sarawak to the Malaysia Premier League title in 2013.