Reid to begin Sept 1 (July 17, 2008)



TOR CHITTINAND

Former England international Peter Reid has reached an agreement to coach Thailand, the Thai football chief said yesterday. Reid will start his work on September 1 in a four-year contract, said Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Worawi Makudi.

Worawi and Reid's agent Mike Morris agreed terms in a talk yesterday and a contract will be signed next month.

''Our discussion went very well. We added some work for Reid apart from being in charge of the national team,'' Worawi said.

Reid will help create a national reserve side whose players are under 20 who will be selected from all over the country.

''This will be good for Reid because we want him to see players not only in Bangkok but also in the provinces,'' he said.

The former Everton star wants to bring ex-England defender Viv Anderson as his assistant but Worawi said the FAT had to consider how high his salary would be. ''We have a limited budget,'' he said. ''We will consider hiring his staff later.''

It is believed that the English FA, which recommended Reid to Worawi, will help shoulder part of Reid's salary.

Worawi said he wanted former Thailand captain Tawan Sripan to be on Reid's staff to learn about coaching.

He said Reid would be given time to work as the FAT wanted a coach to work on a long-term basis.

Reid's first assignments will be the King's Cup in Bangkok and the Asean Football Championship to be co-hosted by Thailand and Indonesia later this year.

Reid will succeed Chanvit Phalajivin who quit last month after Thailand were dumped out of the 2010 World Cup qualifying round. He has not managed a team for three years and has been working as a television commentator.