Robson steps down as Thailand boss but resignation is not health related (08/06/2011)

Bryan Robson has resigned as Thailand's national team coach. Three months ago the Manchester United and England legend underwent surgery for throat cancer.

However the former Middlesbrough and West Brom manager's decision to step down after two years in charge is not thought to be health related .

It is not known yet whether Robson's condition lead to his decision but Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi said: 'Bryan wished to resign and his contract was terminated by mutual consent, but I cannot give any more details'

The 54-year-old failed to make an impact as Thailand coach after replacing compatriot Peter Reid in September 2009 and under his guidance the team dropped 15 places to 120th in the FIFA rankings.

His departure after two-years in the role comes amid strained relations between the Thailand and England Football Associations (FA), which helped recruit Reid and Robson for the Thai job .

The ex-Sheffield United boss is unlikely to be missed in Thailand following almost two years of dire performances which led to protests against the soccer association, with web boards inundated by comments by furious fans.

Thailand failed to reach the Asian Cup for the first time in 23 years and were bundled out of the Southeast Asian Games and the Southeast Asian championship - competitions they have long dominated - in the opening rounds.

Draws against struggling Laos, Malaysia and the Maldives last year turned up the pressure on Robson, but he refused to quit, saying the blame was both on him and the new-look Thailand Premier League, which he said was not co-operating with the national team .

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