Reid named as the next Thailand boss (July 09, 2008)

Osieck ruled himself out of position


Former England international Peter Reid will be Thailand's new national coach, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) announced yesterday. Reid succeeds Chanvit Phalajivin, who quit last month, and will start work next month.

He was recommended to the FAT by the English FA.

''He has confirmed to me that he is ready to come and work in Thailand because he likes the country very much,'' said FAT president Worawi Makudi.

Reid and former German Holger Osieck were on the shortlist for the national coach job. However, Osieck, who was assistant to Franz Beckenbauer when Germany won the 1990 World Cup, turned down Worawi's offer.

''Osieck told me that he wanted to work in Germany or Europe,'' Worawi said. ''Therefore we had only one choice left _ Peter Reid.''

The former Everton player came to Thailand recently to open a football clinic and play in a local tournament along with Ian Rush and Viv Anderson.

''I will talk to him about the details of his salary and our plans and his plans,'' said Worawi.

Reid has a four-year deal.

Reid's first tournament as Thailand coach will be the Asean Football Championship in December. He will have time to watch the Thailand Premier League and pick the players.''We will allow him to select his own players,'' Worawi said.

He said he wanted Reid to help set up a national reserve side which could supply players to the full national team and this would be part of Thailand's ambition to reach the 2014 World Cup finals.

Reid, 52, who hails from Huyton, Liverpool gained 13 caps with England. In his playing career, he played for Bolton Wanderers, Everton, QPR, Man City, Southampton, Bury and Notts County.

A hard-tackling midfielder, Reid reached the height of his career in 1980s at Everton where he won two league titles (1985 and 1987), the FA Cup (1984) and the European Cup Winners' Cup (1985).

He was named the Professional Footballers Association's Player of the Year award in 1985.

After his retirement in 1989, he managed Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds United and Coventry City as well as the England Under-21 side.

His most recent coaching job was at Coventry in 2005 when he left the club after just seven months in charge.

He is currently a Sky Sports pundit and a guest analyst on ESPN/STAR Sports.