Lions coach Stange wants to stay on after contract ends next May

"A football coach will be judged on progress. I want to work day and night but the support from our authorities outside of the FAS can be better." - Singapore national coach Bernd Stange.

No national team can be rebuilt in one or two years and Singapore football coach Bernd Stange wants to stay beyond his current contract, which ends next May, to carry on the work he has started.

The 66-year-old German insisted in an interview that his strategy to blood youngsters for the national team is the right way.

He said the rebuilding process is at the early stage, with four to six years needed for a team to start delivering results.

"What I expect in the next five years is a bigger boost from the authorities to support a full professional way," he told David Lee in Hong Kong ahead of Singapore's friendly match in Macau tomorrow.

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Tags: Football, stange and results

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The World Cup winners find themselves fourth in their qualifying group after being beaten 2-0 at Warsaw’s National Stadium on Saturday, suffering an historic first defeat by neighbours Poland in 19 matches.

Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik gave the hosts the lead on 51 minutes before substitute midfielder Sebastian Mila netted a late second to inflict Germany’s first defeat in a qualifier for seven years.

The Republic of Ireland’s 7-0 drubbing of minnows Gibraltar in Dublin earlier on Thursday means Poland are top of Group D, with Ireland in second, Scotland third and Germany are in an unfamiliar fourth.

Loew’s Germany have the chance to bounce back when they host Martin O’Neill’s Ireland in Gelsenkirchen, while Poland host Scotland.

“We are obviously disappointed, you can’t really criticise the team apart from saying we were too reckless with our chances,” admitted Loew.

“Our structure was good and we created a few opportunities, but Poland took their chances and scored from their first shot on goal.

“We have to focus on Tuesday now, react well against Ireland and gather our strength.”

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