BANGKOK (29 Jan 2011) – Thailand great Piyapong Pue-on might be assisting chief coach Bryan Robson as they map out a new future for the once powerhouse of ASEAN football.
Thailand, the three times ASEAN champions, were dumped out of a place in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 while barely a year earlier, the Thais failed in their bid for a ninth consecutive SEA Games crown.
Worawi Makudi, the president of the FA of Thailand (FAT), says that he wants the former national striker to be assistant to Robson on a full-time basis.
The Englishman has been without an assistant since his compatriot Steve Darby – the coach at the SEA Games in 2009 – was assigned to another capacity.
However, Worawi said that while he wanted Piyapong to work as Robson’s assistant on a full-time basis, the former striker may not be available because he works for the Royal Thai Air Force and is also a TV commentator and businessman.
Piyapong said that he is interested in the offer but he needed to talk with Worawi about the details.
He said there should not be a problem if the FAT can offer him a two-year contract where he firmly believes that his experience and knowledge can be useful to the national team.