Simon McMenemy lead AZKALS to a semifinals seat at the AFF Suzuki Cup but was kicked out because of the license issue.Nonong Araneta President of Philippine Football Federation said that McMenemy didn't have the license that is needed for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup.
McMenemy's contract to the AZKALS ended last November but was given another month to coach. Team manager Dan Palami asked the English coach to fix his license but failed to do so.
They hired the German coach, Hans Michael Weiss, who already experienced coaching Japan, China and Africa.
Just like what celebrities do today, McMenemy answer back on his twitter account "(I feel) totally disrespected. No call, email, text, nothing. Been told by a friend who watched it on TV, this is not how to treat people." He clarified that he wasn't disappointed that he was replaced because "it happens in football." But he said, "I don't deserve... the lack of respect."
McMenemy got support from FIFA executive Cristy Ramos, "The timing is very bad. Between now and February 9 (the AFC Challenge Cup match), I think the adjustment period will play a big role in the success of the Azkals... Like the old saying, if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Cristy said.