Singapore Premier League • June 17, 2021
Gavin Lee extends Tampines contract to 2024
Gavin Lee on the sidelines during the match between Tampines Rovers and Albirex Niigata, 8 May 2021
SINGAPORE, 16 JUNE 2021 – Tampines Rovers have confirmed that head coach Gavin Lee will stay on his role for three more years.
The Stags announced on Tuesday that Lee, who turns 31 in September, has extended his contract until 2024. Lee, who assumed the role in 2019, is the youngest ever head coach in Singapore Premier League (SPL) history.
“We are delighted to announce that our Head Coach Gavin Lee has pledged his immediate future to the club,” the club said in a statement. “In his two full seasons with us, Gavin has won the Singapore Cup, the Community Shield and finished runners up twice in the league. On the continental stage, the Stags were top of our AFC Cup 2020 Group until Covid-19 forced the tournament to be discontinued.
“The club management believe that with Gavin at the helm, we will be able to achieve our targets both on and off the pitch.”
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On his Instagram account, Lee spoke of his “delight”, remarking: “As a supporter of the club since I was a young boy, it was a dream come true for me to be given the opportunity to take charge of the first team. I am humbled and thankful to Des(mond Ong), our chairman and the committee for their continued faith in my abilities. I am very grateful for the support that I have received from everyone around me in and around the club.
“Thank you everyone, to the committee, my coaching colleagues, non-coaching staff, players, fans and sponsors. Your support has allowed us to create a unique culture within the club. I am driven more than ever to continue contributing to the club’s history.”
Tampines currently sit fourth in the SPL table with 21 points from 12 games, six behind leaders Albirex Niigata (S). Lee’s next assignment will be to guide the club in their maiden AFC Champions League campaign, which kicks off on 25 June with their Group H opener against Gamba Osaka.