NATIONAL singles coach Misbun Sidekâ€™s job is hanging in the balance. The coach who has admitted failure in the Athens Olympics, has left his fate in the hands of his employers, the National Sports Council. "It's the NSC who will have to decide if I stay or go," said Misbun at the Games Village yesterday, clearly indicating from this statement that he wasn't going to quit. It is understood that there are intentions to employ a new singles coach, who is said to be a foreigner. The highly-placed source, in not revealing his identity, however said they already have a candidate in mind. Whatever the outcome, whether he stays or goes, Misbun has made some recommendations to Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said who has called for a post-mortem. "If we are truly interested in wanting to succeed on this stage, or in other world class tournaments, we must be prepared to invest and change our concept of management. "For one, like the Chinese and the Indonesians, we too must be prepared to assign more coaches to players. One coach must be assigned to a maximum of only two players. "I am mentally exhausted, having to look at three men singles players â€” Wong Choong Hann, Roslin Hashim, and Lee Chong Wei," said Misbun. Unlike the Malaysians, the Indonesians are here with coaches who focus on one player each. While Joko Suprianto looks after Soni Dwi Kuncoro, Mulyo Handoyo is Taufik Hidayat's personal coach. "I would have liked to have had Rashid (Sidek) here as well to look at (Lee) Chong Wei, and I also believe that (Cheah) Soon Kit should have been here as well to handle the women's doubles. "Doubles coach (Yap) Kim Hock had to look at both the men's doubles pairs and the women's doubles as well. "At this level of competition, players need very specialised attention, it's crucial. When you are looking at so many players, a coach may miss something and that could prove costly in matches," he explained. Apparently, he had made this recommendation to the BA of Malaysia very much earlier, but lack of funds stood in the way. "I am not making excuses for myself or the players, but I believe we would all have done better here if we had more resources at our disposal. "But that's history now. What's important now, that is if we want to succeed in world meets, is to invest more in preparation of players, and change the way we think." And he couldn't have been more spot on than that.