Patriotic Thai boss not interested in Vietnam switch

January 10, 2008

BANGKOK, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Thailand coach Charnwit Polcheewin says he has no interest in coaching Vietnam's national team because he loves his country too much.

The Thai national team boss, reportedly a candidate for the vacant Vietnam post, said he was too patriotic to consider coaching another country, even if the salary was bigger.

'I'm not interested because I couldn't do it,' Charnwit told Reuters on Thursday. 'I know the money would be better than what I earn but I'm Thai, I always will be and I'm happy where I am.

'We have World Cup qualification to think about now, that's my focus.'

Newspapers have so far linked Charnwit, former Australian national team boss Graham Arnold, Sydney FC's John Kosmina and Portuguese coach Henrique Calisto with the Vietnam job.

Calisto has expressed interest while Kosmina, Australia's most successful league coach, has not ruled it out.

'I am aware of some interest, I have been for a few weeks, but at the moment all I'm focusing on Sydney FC,' Kosmina told Thursday's Sydney Morning Herald. 'I don't really want to say anything else.'

Last July, Vietnam had their biggest success in 50 years when they reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup, where they lost to eventual champions Iraq.

However, a few months later they were knocked out in first round of 2010 World Cup qualifying and eliminated from the Southeast Asian Games by minnow Myanmar, which led to Austrian coach Alfred Reidl's resignation.