Thailand’s Football Association has terminated its contract with the national teams head coach Akira Nishino, the organisation announced on Thursday night.
The move came during a meeting to review the Japanese coach’s performance after the 2022 World Cup qualifying round.
Thailand could only get nine points from eight games in Asia’s second qualifying round for the Qatar World Cup so the Football Association decided to part ways with the coach, a spokesperson for The Football Association of Thailand told the Bangkok Post.
Now the technical committee will oversee the selection of players for the 2021 Southeast Asian championship and 2023 Asian Cup qualifying round, it said.
The The Football Association of Thailand will later announce its process to select a knowledgeable coach.
Coach Nishino, 66, took charge of the War Elephants in 2019 after guiding his country to the last-16 round at the 2018 World Cup.
Port hope football club to reach target with coach Dusit
Meanwhile, Dusit Chalermsan has been appointed as coach of Thai League 1 side Port, the club announced on Tuesday. Dusit replaces Sarawut Treephan who has become technical adviser.
“Welcome back to our family again,” Port chairwoman Nualphan Lamsam said. She said Dusit had proven ability as a player and a coach.
The 51-year-old coach helped Port gain promotion to the top flight in 2013 in his first stint with the Klong Toey-based team. “He is a legend here. I believe Coach Ong [Dusit] will take us to our target,” said Nualphan.
Dusit guided BG Pathum United to their first ever Thai League 1 title this year.
After the success, BG wanted to make changes to the coaching staff, prompting Dusit to join Thai League 2 side Rajpracha. BG then appointed Australian coach Aurelio Vidmar to succeed him.
Dusit has coached several Thai clubs including Prachuap, Rayong and Trat, as well as Vietnamese side Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
The former left-back, who played 96 times for his country, is rated as one of the best ever Thailand internationals and was a member of the ‘Dream Team.’
As for Sarawut, his fate as Port coach was sealed after the Lions were eliminated in the group stage of the AFC Champions League although they played on home soil. Port finished third in Thai League 1 last season.
The new season is scheduled to start on Aug 13, although it could be postponed due to a new surge in Covid-19 cases.
Meanwhile, Buriram United have signed Thailand internationals Peeradol Chamratsamee and Thiraphol Yoeiyoi from fellow Thai League 1 club Samut Prakan City.
Peeradol joins the Thunder Castle on a permanent basis, while Thiraphol is on loan.