Chanvit back at the helm (March 01, 2007)

Chanvit Phalajivin has made a U-turn and will be Thailand coach for another year at the request of Tourism and Sports Minister Suvit Yodmani. ''I have talked to Chanvit. We want him to stay as the national football team coach and he is willing to stay,'' Suvit said.

''He is an important person for the national team. We are happy that he will be staying.''

Chanvit will oversee the Thai teams for three competitions on their home soil _ the Asian Cup in July, the World University Games in August and the SEA Games in December.

Chanvit quit as Thailand coach last week after receiving a lucrative offer from Vietnamese club Dong Thap.

However, the deal was yet to be finalised as Chanvit asked for four million baht extra for compensation for his resignation as a government official.

The coach said he would not go to Dong Thap who are not likely to pay him the compensation and would inform the V-League club of his decision today.

''It is an honour to be the national coach. However, I will talk to Dong Thap again next year to see if they are still interested in me,'' he said.

The Football Association of Thailand last week appointed Chanvit's assistant Thongsuk Sampahangsit new national coach. Thongsuk will now be Chanvit's assistant again.