Thongsuk takes over as coach (February 22, 2007)


Staff coach Thongsuk Sampahangsit has been appointed new head coach for Thailand's national team, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) announced yesterday. He takes over at the helm following Chanvit Phalajivin's decision to quit the job and take up a new post with a Vietnamese team.

President of the FAT, Vijitr Getkaew, said yesterday that Thongsak's appointment was simply a promotion.

''We have three staff coaches and Thongsuk was the most senior so he has got the job,'' he said.

Vijitr emphasised the FAT wanted to make the changeover with as little disruption as possible.

''He will be supported by the two other staff coaches Sompol Chomchue and Nipol Malanont,'' he said. ''It should all go smoothly.''

Thongsuk, formerly head coach of Thai farmers Bank, said he was looking forward to this new challenge and expected a lot of pressure.

''We are hosting the Asian Cup and face tough matches against Australia, Iraq and Oman,'' he said.

Thongsuk said he would not be making any major changes to Chanvit's squad.'' They players are well behaved and listen to what the staff coaches tell them,'' he said.