Reid is no longer Thai head coach (10 September 2009)



Writer: TOR CHITTINAND

The Football Association of Thailand has terminated its contract with national team coach Peter Reid by mutual consent.

The move ended weeks of confusing reports about the future of the Briton who had three years left on his contract with the FAT.

FAT president Worawi Makudi yesterday said he called Mr Reid on Tuesday night and the former England international said he wanted to work in the English Premier League as assistant to Stoke City manager Tony Pulis.

"The Football Association of Thailand and Reid, who has shown his desire to work in the Premier League, have agreed to terminate the contract," Mr Worawi said.

"He wanted to work in the Premier League at the same time but I told him it could not work that way. He could not do both. It's impossible.

"We are still friends. Peter told me he would be pleased to help Thailand if we wanted his help in the future."

Mr Reid's assistant, Steve Darby, will act as Thailand's coach overseeing the full national side and the Under-23 team until a new manager is appointed.

The full national side will play Singapore in home and away matches in the Asian Cup qualifying round in November, while the Under-23 squad will play in the SEA Games in Laos in December.

Mr Darby, who hails from Liverpool like Mr Reid, said he did not know exactly why Mr Reid decided to leave Thailand.

"During his stay here, he was happy to work with the team and got along well with the players," said Mr Darby, who was hand-picked by Mr Reid.

He declined to comment on reports Mr Reid had not been paid by the FAT for a couple of months.

"For me, the FAT pays me every month. For Peter, I don't know," he said.

Mr Reid, 53, was introduced to Mr Worawi by the English FA and it was reported the English FA paid part of his salary.

Last month, he joined Stoke's training sessions in the club's kit with his initials "PR" on his shirt.

He told the English media he wanted to return to England and did not have a problem being the Potters' number two.

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