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Withe Emerges Favourite for Thailand

Former England striker Peter Withe has emerged as favourite to become Thailand's national team coach

The former Aston Villa striker, who remains popular in Thailand to review the national flag from 1998-2003, said that registration was confirmed that the best candidate to replace former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, who resigned a week pass.

“I would consider if I made an offer,” said Withe Reuters in an email. “I think there are compelling reasons to consider me as a coach is new,” he said, describing his performance as a “huge achievement”.

Few would disagree in Thailand. Under Withe, the team averaged around 60 in the FIFA world rankings and with his speed, attack-minded players, Thailand was seen as one of the most promising Asia.

Withe led the team to the last 10 of Asian qualifying for World Cup 2002, the fourth in the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games and the titles back-to-back in the regional Tiger Cup.

But Thailand is in disarray after 21 months of lackluster performances of former England captain Robson, whose team was hovering around 115th in the FIFA list and could not reach the final of the Asia Cup for the first time in 23 years.

They start their World Cup qualifying campaign 2014 on July 23 without a coach and having not played a competitive match since the rescue of an embarrassing 2-2 draw with Laos in December.

Withe scored 74 goals in 182 appearances for Aston Villa between 1980 and 1985 and scored the winner famous in 1982 European Cup triumph of the club over Bayern Munich.

He has been out of international attention since he was fired by Indonesia in 2007 after three years in office.

No other names have been mentioned as possible candidates for the position of Thailand.

The Football Association of Thailand President Worawi Makudi said no decision would be taken on replacement Robson, until after the presidential election this Friday.

However, last week said the sports daily return Worawi Siam Withe was possible and that English would be “a very interesting option.”

Peter Withe is a much-travelled English footballer who played as a striker, between 1971 and 1990. He has also worked as a manager, predominantly in south-east Asia.

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