SENIOR officials of the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) have quashed any possibility of hiring a full-time national coach before the handover of Hong Kong in 1997. The possibility of fresh blood was mooted when Frankwell's national midfielder Tim Bredbury said a full-time national coach would help the representative side. But HKFA vice-chairman and national team manager Andy Lo Yun-sum said yesterday a full-time coach was not an option. 'It is a good idea to have a full-time national coach but it is not practical in Hong Kong's situation - at least not for a couple of years,' Lo said. 'A full-time national coach is not the only way to create a stronger national team. The HKFA have a long-term plan to that end.' The HKFA chairman Stewart Lee Leung-nang backed Lo in rejecting Bredbury's call. 'Although there are advantages in hiring a full-time national coach, it is not easy to find the right person and the cost would be tremendous,' Lee said. 'No coach is perfect. Since the team managers have not complained about our national coaches we will do better to keep the situation unchanged.' Bredbury also suggested the HKFA could spend some money from the HKFA Partner Programme to hire a full-time coach. But Lee dismissed that idea too, saying: 'The HKFA do not benefit as much as people think from the Partner Programme since we have to share our revenue with the 10 senior clubs,' Lee said.