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Peter Reid named Thailand manager



Peter Reid to be named  Thailand manager


Peter Reid is to be named as the new coach of Thailand next week, though he has described reports that he has already signed a four-year contract as premature.

The 52-year-old former Sunderland and Manchester City manager has held discussions with representatives of the Thailand Football Association in Manchester, and his agent is due to fly out to the Far East next week for further talks.

The Thai FA are seeking a replacement for Charnwit Polcheewin, who resigned after Thailand failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Reid, who rejected the chance to manage Iran last year, has been out of football since leaving Coventry in January 2005, and has recently been working as a television pundit.

The former England midfielder travelled to Thailand six weeks ago for a coaching clinic with Ian Rush and Viv Anderson and, having given his opinion on "a nice country, lovely people and technically very good, they just have trouble converting chances", he admitted he was intrigued by the prospect of international management.

"It's a bit premature, and I haven't signed a deal, but my agent is going over there next week to see the Thai FA, hopefully to finalise things," Reid said.

"I would like to go. I've had a couple of opportunities in international football - Iran offered me a job, which I didn't take for personal reasons - but this one does interest me, it's good for the CV, and, hopefully, I can get them to the [2014] World Cup.

"There has been some interest in England, but I haven't been able to get a job. I haven't got a bad record, but nothing's happened. It looks like I'll have to go to new pastures and international football interests me. It's the highest level."


Reid given time to improve Thailand team


Football Association of Thailand (FAT) President Worawi Makudi has confirmed that former England international Peter Reid will be the next head coach of the Thai national team.

"It's confirmed, we have agreed a deal," the AFC Executive Committee member told Reuters.

Worawi is delighted to have agreed a four-year contract with the former Sunderland, Leeds United, and Manchester City boss.

"He is the one we wanted, he has a lot of experience and I'm confident we will have success with Peter in charge," he continued.

"His background in England as a coach and as a player will be invaluable to us."

Reid has been in charge of a team since leaving Coventry City in January, 2005.

Despite this, Worawi is confident that Reid is the man to revive Thailand's flagging international fortunes.

"I want to give him time to build the team and take them to a higher level," he said.

"This won't be easy, we have to give him a chance and that's why we have offered him a long contract.

"We have wasted time before but this time, we want to give ourselves the best chance."



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