Newin denies bid for FA control (17/12/2010)

Veteran politician and Buri Ram PEA president Newin Chidchob yesterday denied a report that he was targeting control of the Football Association of Thailand.

The soccer body has faced widespread calls for major changes after recent performances by the national side suggested that the Thais are no longer frontrunners in Southeast Asia.

Last week threetime winners Thailand were bundled out of the 8th Asean Championship at the group stage for only the second time, failing to claim a single win. The failure followed on from their premature exit at the SEA Games last year in Laos, where the country was bidding for a ninth consecutive title.

Recent rumours have suggested that Newin, the de facto Bhum Jai Thai party leader, is preparing to field his confidant, Kanoksak Pinsang, in the election when Worawi Makudi's term as the FAT president comes to an end early next year.

Newin, though, responded by saying that he has never had the intention of either applying himself or putting forward someone else for Worawi's hot seat. His fourpoint statement yesterday read as follows:

1. I have never had any intention of getting involved in the management of the organisation.

2. I have never thought about fielding anyone for any post in the organisation.

3. I ask that anyone using my name with illintentions stop doing so.

4. I continue to enjoy working with Buri Ram PEA executives for the team. We remain determined to bring more success, domestically and internationally, to the club .

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