Reid in Bangkok to take up coaching job (August 29, 2008)



TOR CHITTINAND

Ex-Everton star Peter Reid arrived in Bangkok yesterday to take up his new job as Thai national coach. He was accompanied by his personal manager, Mike Morris.

In a brief comment after his arrival at the Radisson hotel he admitted he didn't know too much about Asian football but was determined to learn quickly.

''I am very happy to be here. I would like to thank the Football Association of Thailand for the warm welcome and I will do my best because they have put their trust in me,'' he said.

Reid, who managed Sunderland for seven years, said his aim was to make Thailand one of the leading Asian football nations like Japan and South Korea, but knew it was a tough challenge.

The 52 year old from Huyton, Liverpool admitted that he had never seen Thailand play, but said he was eager to get involved.

''My first job as coach is to watch the players in the Thailand Premier League and pick those worthy of a place in the national squad.''

He said he would have to wait for the Thai league to finish in October before he could get the national team together for some serious training.

Thailand's soccer chief, Worawi Makudi who returned to Thailand after attending the AFF Suzuki Cup official draw in Jakarta on Wednesday, said that Reid would be officially introduced to the nation at a press conference next week.

''During the next few days we will be discussing his contract and the details of his job,'' he said.

Worawi said Reid would not only be in charge of the national squad but also the Under 19 team who will be the players of the future. He said this weekend Reid would attend the match between Thai champions Chonburi FC and the Provincial Electricity Authority.

''We have two important tournaments coming up _ the King's Cup in November and the AFF Suzuki Cup in December. However, before that we will invite some foreign teams here for warm-up matches.'' he said.