Local English daily New Straits Times published an interview with HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor on how good planning and not merely financial power brought JDT success.
“I believe the success is not due to backing in terms of financial but it is more of having a well structured plan. You can have a lot of money but at the end of the day what I will say is the most important thing is the dressing room,” said HRH Tunku Ismail.
“You can have a lot of money, the best infrastructure, gym and salaries but if those 27-30 men do not want to bleed or run for you on the field, you will never win. If their desire to win is very low, you will never win matches. So, for me, man management is the key to a successful organization and that money is merely one of the tools. It’s not everything.”
“Pahang had a lot of money, so did Kedah and Selangor but how come they don’t even have one training facility? Not even one training ground. How come they don’t even own their own stadium? How come there was barely a plan in terms of gaining income or privatizing or to have commercial success for the club? Because I feel at the end of the day, money can get you somewhere but you must have a proper plan to identify, to implement what you want at the end of the day to get what you want to achieve.
“Those team in the past have a lot of money, they did not have what we have and I had everything by 2014 after having only started the club in 2013.
HRH Tunku Ismail also said that he knew exactly what he wanted to do and also received advice from Valencia owner Peter Lim, who also opened doors to collaborations in Europe.
“So, yes, money is important but without proper planning and strategy, it will not work,” HRH Tunku Ismail told NST.
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