KUALA LUMPUR: National coach Tai Beng Hai is ready to make way for a foreign coach.
However, Beng Hai hopes he will be retained in the national coaching set--up as he reckons he can still help the sport grow.
"There is talk about assigning me to development roles," said Beng Hai.
"I don't want to hold on to this (head coach) position and will allow for an easy transition when the foreign coach is ready to take over. After all. It would be for the betterment of the sport."
Malaysian Hockey Confederaion (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Shah said Beng Hai's role will be reviewed next week.
"We still need his input," said Tengku Abdullah.
"Right now, we need to also review all plans, including youth and women's hockey, and also all development programmes."
There is also a tentative plan to absorb Beng Hai into the 1Mas Programme if MHC discontinue his services.
Beng Hai has a contract till the end of the London Olympics but after failing to even qualify for the summer games, Beng Hai's future has been subject to wide speculation.
He was maintained as head coach for the just--concluded Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
Many had expected Malaysia to finish last in the tournament as the rest of the field comprised Olympicbound teams.
Tengku Abdullah added they were vindicated in promoting several national juniors to the national team which played in Ipoh.
"The results showed it was the right decision, to include youngsters.
The performance of the Malaysian team was indeed refreshing," said Tengku Abdullah.