| BANGKOK (25 August 2009) – Stoke City’s Tony Pulis has admitted interest in signing Thailand’s head coach Peter Reid to be his No. 2 – according to the Bangkok Post.
Reid (pix) was in the directors’ box at St Andrews on Saturday to watch Stoke battled to a goalless draw against Birmingham.
Pulis’ current No. 2 David Kemp is to move to South America as part of the club’s scouting network.
“Peter was in the directors’ box at Birmingham and we are hoping to do a deal in the coming week to bring him to the club as my No. 2,” said Pulis.
“He wants to come back to England. My current assistant, David Kemp, is going to South America to look after our scouting options down there.
“Peter is a typical Scouser – a very bubbly bloke whom I have known for a long time. We need characters around the place with his experience.
“There is a minor issue about securing his release from his job with the FA of Thailand (FAT) but we don’t believe that will present a problem for us.”
In Bangkok, Reid’s assistant Steve Darby would not confirm the reports.
“I am in daily contact with Peter, and at this moment nothing is concrete yet….but he regularly gets offered jobs as he was so successful over a long period with Sunderland,” Darby was quoted as saying.
In the meantime, Muang Thong United regained the leadership of the Thai Premier League 2009 when they beat defending champions Provincial Electricity Authority 2-1 at the Ayutthaya Stadium.
Despite scoring the first goal off Ivory Coast’s Moussa Sylla in the seventh minute, Muang Thong struggled for long periods before adding to their tally through Visarut Pannasri in the 81st minute.
PEA pulled a goal back from midfielder Panupong Wongsa a minute later as Muang Thong overtook Chonburi FC at the top of the table with a point advantage.
In the other matches, BEC Tero Sasana scored a 2-1 home victory over Navy-Rayong while as Thai Port FC defeated Osotspa M-150 2-1 at the PAT Stadium and Pattaya United held Bangkok Glass 2-2 at Nong Prue.
Bangkok United meanwhile, stole a valuable point following their hard fought 1-1 draw with TOT FC at the Thai-Japan stadium.
CURRENT THAI PREMIER LEAGUE STANDINGS (after 21 match days)
1. Muang Thong United 44pts (+19)
2. Chonburi FC 43pts (+12)
3. Bangkok Glass 40pts (+10)
4. Osotspa M-150 38pts (+8)
5. BEC Tero 34pts (+9)
6. Thai Port FC 33pts (+5)
7. TOT FC 27pts (-2)
8. Bangkok United 25pts (-5)
9. TTM-Samut Sakhorn 24pts (-2)
10. Samut Songkhram 24pts (-7)
11. Navy-Rayong 23pts (-3)
12. PEA 23pts (-4)
13. Pattaya United 23pts (-1)
14. Nakhon Pathom 21pts (-10)
15. Sri Racha FC 17pts (-9)
16. Chula United 14pts (-20)