Thai manager confirms to hire Calisto at high pay (03/03/2011)

Amid speculation that Calisto left the Vietnamese national team for higher pay elsewhere, football club Muang Thong United manager Ronnarit Suewaja has confirmed Calisto would work for him for a generous salary.

Ronnarit Suewaja told Tuoi Tre late Wednesday that he invited Henrique Calisto – former coach of the Vietnam’s national football team – to lead the Thai club.

“He’s a talented coach and so we offered him the invitation to work for our club. Now, the position is empty after the resignation of coach Roberto Carlos de Carvalho last month,” he said.

It is estimated that Muang Thong United and Calisto will sign their contract by the end of this week, according to Siam Sports' former journalist Boonkong Akkabut.

What other reasons that urge you to have him?

Coach Calisto prefers eye-catching football that is much attractive to the audience. We do like that kind of spectacular ball performance, but it should be connected with goal scoring.

What is the duration of the contract that Muang Thong United and Calisto will sign?

All is under discussion as we have to respect his contract with Vietnam. We will negotiate details after his deal is terminated.

I’d want to add that Muang Thong United has several choices now but Calisto stands atop the list.

It has been reported that Muang Thong United will pay Calisto US$40,000 a month?

We are willing to pay him a high salary if our targets are to be completed. Apart from competition at Thailand’s national league, Muang Thong United needs reputation in the Asian arena.

Eleven years with the Vietnamese football, Calisto has won many titles and I know he is setting his eyes at new challenges with our club.

Muang Thong United has 10 international players. Is that fact an advantage or difficulty for Calisto to manage the squad?

Good coach and good footballers will make up a good team. It is my philosophy. I think Calisto can work well with our players who know him well from matches Vietnam and Thailand met in the past years .

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