Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Idris ibni Sultan Ibrahim, has dropped some shocking news for local football fans today (Thursday, 9th June).
In a statement posted on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page just moments ago, the Crown Prince announced that he would be taking a step back from managing the football club Johor Darul Ta’zim, after 10 years of handling the affairs of the team.
As per Stadium Astro’s report, it appears that TMJ will be less involved in JDT FC’s day-to-day operations, while remaining the owner of the Southern Tigers’ club. “Due to my other responsibilities and commitments, I have decided to take a step back and hand over control of JDT FC to the top management of the club. I wish the club all the best,” the Johor Prince revealed in the statement posted on the page.
TMJ took a very hands-on approach, and was responsible for several key decisions since he started managing the club back in 2012. He was actively involved in JDT’s most successful era. Some of their accolades include winning back-to-back league titles between 2014 to 2021, and lifting the AFC Cup in 2015. They also made history as the first Malaysian team to reach the AFC Champions League knockout stage this year.
The 37-year-old didn’t reveal any more specific details regarding his sudden withdrawal from the club. What do you think?