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JDT axe Alistair Edwards as sports director, hire Luciano Figueroa

JDT axe Alistair Edwards as sports director, hire Luciano Figueroa
From ESPN - September 9, 2017

Recently crowned Malaysia Super League champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) have dropped a bombshell by axing club legend Alistair Edwards as sports' director while installing former striker Luciano Figueroa.

Ex-Argentina international Figueroa, who won two MSL titles and scored 23 goals in 2014-15, takes over with immediate effect.

The decision came from JDT's Crown Prince Owner -- popularly known as TMJ -- who is also the president of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

"JDT have decided to hire Luciano Figueroa as Edwards' replacement as he in more in tune with the club's latest agenda," the club said via their Southern Tigers Facebook page.

"Any rumours circulating Edwards will head to the Football Association of Malaysia are not true. His contract with JDT has ended, and we wish him all the best in his future undertakings."

Former Australia international Edwards, who won the league and Malaysia Cup with Johor as a player in 1991, leaves the JDT hierarchy after coming on board in January 2016.

Edwards headed JDT's player recruitment, and was involved in key elements of the club, including development of the junior academy and daily operations.

Despite limited English and Malay language skills, Figueroa will bring a South American flavor to the last club for whom he played before hanging up his boots in Oct. 2015.

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