Reid still awaiting Thailand contract (July 10, 2008)



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While the Thai football chief believes Peter Reid is the right man to lead the country to the 2014 World Cup, the former England international insists he is still waiting to sign a contract.

Worawi Makudi, president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), said on Tuesday that Reid would become the country's national team coach next month, Reid said yesterday a deal had yet to be completed and hoped to put pen to paper next week.

"My agent is going over there next week hopefully to finalise things but nothing's been signed at the moment," Reid told Sky Sports News.

Reid recently turned down a job with Iran but the chance to manage Thailand has come at the right time for the former England midfielder, who admitted he has struggled to find work in the English leagues.

He will not have the chance to lead Thailand to the World Cup in two years' time, however, after they failed to reach the final stage of Asian qualifying.

"This one does interest me," Reid said. "It's good for the CV and hopefully I can get them to the next World Cup because they failed in the pre-qualifying for this one."

Worawi said yesterday plans to push the kingdom to the 2014 finals began immediately after they were eliminated in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers and Reid is part of the ambition.

"We need big changes right now and we don't want to make the same mistakes as before. We can't afford to waste time. We have the talent and can go far if we are shown the right way, and Peter can do that," he said.

"He was an excellent player and a highly qualified coach. He's dedicated and loves our country. He's the right man for the Thai national team."

Worawi said the Thai players had to accept Reid's no-nonsense style.

"We need a tough coach to give them discipline. They have to be committed and do things his way, or they're out," he said.

"Getting to the World Cup is the wish of the Thai people so we need to make that happen."

The former Everton player will succeed Chanvit Phalajivin who quit last month after Thailand were dumped out of the 2010 World Cup qualifying round.

Reid has not managed a team for three years and has been working as a television commentator. His previous jobs have all ended in sackings, which Worawi dismissed as "ups and downs".

Worawi said that he wanted Reid to bring with him a fitness coach and a physiotherapist to work with him to help improve the Thai players' physical conditions.

Worawi would not reveal how much Reid was being offered but he was hopeful Manchester City's billionaire owner Thaksin Shinawatra would help foot the bill.

"Thaksin loves football, he loves his country and he has offered to help us, with anything," he said.

Chanvit said Reid could have a tough time and that he should be allowed to stay on a long-term basis even if he failed to bring instant success.

"I always support any national team coach. The job is not easy," he said.

"If we don't win the Asean Championship (in December), then we should not sack him.

"We should give him time and wait for success in the future."