German Schaefer agrees 3-year contract (24/06/2011)

Wilfried Schaefer has signed a three-year contract to coach Thailand, the Thai FA said yesterday.

Worawi Makudi, president of the Football Association of Thailand, said the German coach signed a deal with the FAT on Tuesday night and will begin his reign on July 1.

The 61-year-old will replace former England captain Bryan Robson who quit two weeks ago citing health and family reasons.

Worawi declined to disclose terms of the contract but said Schaefer will use his own assistant and staff.

Schaefer returned home after signing the contract.

Worawi will also go to Germany as he is chairman of the organising committee of the Women's World Cup to be held there.

FAT secretary-general Ong-arj Kosinkha added that the FAT aims to assign at least two coaches to help and learn from Schaefer.

The candidates include Bangkok Glass adviser Surachai Jaturapattarapong, BBCU coach Kiatisak Senamuang and Insee Police United coach Thavatchai Dumrong-ongtrakul, Ong-arj said.

Schaefer's first assignment is Thailand's World Cup qualifier against either Palestine or Afghanistan. Thailand will be at home in the first leg on July 23 and the second leg is scheduled for July 28.

Schaefer is Thailand's eighth national coach from Germany. The last German who coached Thailand was Siegfried Held whose term lasted only a few months from late 2004.

Schaefer coached Cameroon at the 2002 World Cup. His previous job was coach of FK Baku in Azerbaijan.

Worawan appointed SCG coach

Former Thailand international Worawan Chitawanit was appointed coach of Thai Premier League side SCG Samut Songkhram yesterday.

One of Thailand's best midfielders of all time, Worawan worked for years with S-League club Tampines Rovers in Singapore.

Meanwhile, the second part of the Thai Premier League season, which was originally scheduled to start on July 2, will now kick off on July 30.

Thai Premier League Co says the opening date of the second leg of the season has been postponed because of the July 3 general election and the national team's preparations for their home-and-away World Cup qualifiers on July 23 and 28.

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