After confirming his resignation last Monday, Morten Frost said he has nothing but fondness and pride for his second spell at the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Following a two-year stint in the late 1990s, the 59-year-old returned to the national badminton body as technical director in 2014 to help improve the national team ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Despite coming under pressure following several poor results in 2017, the Dane insisted his departure was due to a personal reason.
"The reason I'm leaving is personal and will stay personal, but I want to say it has nothing to do with the so-called lack of results in 2017 because, in all honesty, I do not think it was the case," he told Astro Arena.
"Yes, we missed a few things and were a whisker away from getting to the Sudirman Cup semi-finals and achieving a medal tally at the SEA Games that would've surpassed our target, but this is sport and you will have good and bad results sometimes."
Furthermore, Frost dismissed the notion that his time at the BAM was a failure, citing several outstanding results achieved by the Malaysian shuttlers in the past two years.
"I think we did really well. 2016 was most likely the best year ever in the BAM history [in which] I was a part of, so I am really proud of that," he said.
"After I came in 2015, we grew really quickly, had good results and moved up the world rankings. We had the world number one in men's singles [Lee Chong Wei] and men's doubles [Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong] and also the world number three in mixed doubles [Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying]."
He also backed the Malaysian shuttlers to come good at the upcoming 2018 Thomas Cup and 2020 Olympics.
"The Thomas Cup squad might look a bit dicey, but we have Iskandar [Zulkarnain Zainuddin] return from his injury and Lee Zii Jia coming up, and Lee Chong Wei is a fantastic player and can bounce back easily, so I still feel it is in the cards [for Malaysia to win it]," Frost added.
"And when it comes to the Olympics 2020, I still think it is possible for us to win especially looking at how close we were at Rio 2016.
"Not a lot of people thought we could've achieved it, but we did it and got really close [to winning a few gold medals], so why not in Tokyo?"
When quizzed about what he would miss the most, he said: "I will miss the environment here, the players and the coaches.
"I feel we worked very well together and understood what needed to be done in a very good atmosphere.
"Not many people know this, but I actually love Malaysia. I think it is a great country and I have enjoyed being here.
"I had two-and-a-half good years here, and it is sadness I decided it is time to leave."
Seng Foo Lee
Mon Sep 25 2017
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