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Bryan Robson confirmed as new Thailand boss

September 23, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Former England captain Bryan Robson agreed on Wednesday to become coach of Thailand's national team in his first foray into international management, the Thai FA chief said.

Bryan Robson (L) and Worawi Makudi
GettyImagesFormer England captain Bryan Robson (L) is greeted by Thai Football Association chairman Worawi Makudi (R)

The former Manchester United midfielder will sign a four-year contract with the Southeast Asian side and will be expected to build a squad capable of reaching the 2014 World Cup finals.

"He's agreed to become coach, he's very happy with what we've offered him," Worawi Makudi told reporters.

"It's a four-year deal. The plan is he'll coach Thailand for the Asian Cup, the Olympics and hopefully the World Cup too."

Robson replaces another English manager, Peter Reid (who left to become the No.2 at Stoke City), in Thailand's top job.

Worawi said Robson would formally sign his contract once his accountant had proof-read the terms.

Robson's first task will be to qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar. Thailand are currently third in Group E with two points from their first two games and share the group with Iran, Singapore and Jordan.

He will also be expected to play a role in improving Thailand's fledgling professional league and developing the grassroots game across the country of 67 million people.

During his 13 years at Manchester United, Robson won two league titles, four FA Cups and the European Cup Winners' Cup. He was capped 90 times by England.

In addition to Sheffield United, he managed Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion.