| BANGKOK (12 Sept 2009) – The FA of Thailand (FAT) are currently in talks with former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson to become the new national coach of Thailand.
Following the mutual termination of former coach Peter Reid‘s contract recently Datuk Worawi Makudi, the president of FAT, confirmed that he is in talks with Robson (pix) and that there is a high probability that the former England international would come to Bangkok as Reid’s successor.
“He is interested in coaching Thailand. I think the chances of him taking the job is more than 50%,” said Worawi.
“Everything should be finalised by next week. We want him to come here next month so that he can watch some Thai Premier League matches in the final weeks of the season.”
Asked why he was interested in Robson who has not had much achievements as a coach, Worawi said he wanted a famous name to help promote the Thai league.
Robson, now a global ambassador for Manchester United, has managed Middlesbrough, Bradford, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.
The 52-year-old is a part-time football analyst for STAR Sport and was in Bangkok to open a Man U restaurant recently.
He is scheduled to come to Thailand to attend a four-team tournament in Phuket next month as a guest of Thai league leaders Muang Thong United.
National assistant coach Steve Darby, who has been appointed acting national coach, said he would not have a problem working with Robson.
“To work with Bryan Robson would be great because he was a fantastic player. I have met him several times and I think there would not be any problem working with him,” said Darby.