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17 October 2009 :: 10:10:36 am 6512

Bryan Robson Dresses Up To Coach Thailand

Aimed with steering the team to 2011 Asian Cup and 2014 World Cup finals
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 Key Asian Cup games against Singapore coming up next month

The former England and Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has promised to “give 100%”at his best as Thailand’s coach and he will begin his work on next week. The former Middlesbrough, Bradford, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United manager has signed a four-year contract to coach the Thai football team in his first international career and to succeed one of his former England team-mates, Peter Reid, who left the country last month to become assistant manager at Stoke.

Robson’s financial terms were undisclosed but reports claimed the former Manchester United skipper will get 600,000 Pound a year. With back-to-back Asian Cup qualifiers against Singapore next month is the first assignment, Robson and his assistant, Steve Darby, must get to work quickly.

The 52-year-old, who will meet the Thai team at a training camp next week, said: “I have had 12 years of experience as a manager throughout my career from when I left Manchester United, but from 1994 to 1996 I worked with the national team in England under Terry Venables. That was one of the most enjoyable jobs I have had and it was great to work with the national team.

“It was great working with all the best players in the country and that’s what I’m looking forward to in Thailand now, to work with the best players in Thailand and hopefully get some success.

“I know that I have great support from the FA and also my assistant who worked under Peter Reid, Steve Darby. He knows the players, he can speak the language and I know that in the early stage of my career that will be very helpful.

He said he had studied tapes of Thailand and Singapore who the Thais will face in a doubleheader in the Asian Cup qualifying round next month. “While I was in England, I studied tapes of the Thai players. This will help me in Thailand’s preparations for the Asian Cup qualifying round against Singapore,” said Robson who will succeed former England colleague Peter Reid.

“I also studied tapes of Singapore. I’m sure that the matches will be exciting for both teams.”

“I know that we have two very important games coming up against Singapore. I know the importance of those two games. The one thing that Thai people can be guaranteed of is that I will try to give 100%.”

Robson has had several discussions with Reid, who oversaw a revamp of the national team set-up during his year in charge. Reid was charged with guiding Thailand to a first World Cup finals appearance in 2014, although Robson says his main focus is qualifying for the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar. “I have had three meetings with Peter Reid on what you can and can’t do to get the respect,” he said. “I respect the culture of Thailand. For me, you have to adapt to work with the players to get the best out of them and that’s what I will concentrate on. I still have got to watch some of the latest games, but I know that Thai players have very good technique and I want to try and play a patient passing game.

 “The friendly games leading up to the games against Singapore are always important, but it is important to get a team shape before the Singapore game because that’s the one that really counts.”

Reporter : Jack Rames   Photo : Jack Rames   Category : Sports News

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