Former Mourinho assistant Garcia named new Buriram head coach ant Garcia named new

The Spaniard, who worked under the Portuguese coach at Real Madrid, has accepted the Thai club's offer to replace Scott Cooper

Former Real Madrid assistant manager Alejandro Menendez Garcia has been appointed as head coach of Thai Premier League (TPL) side Buriram United after Scott Cooper’s resignation from the club was accepted.

Prior to a stint at Spanish second-flight side Racing Santander as manager, Garcia was also formerly part of Jose Mourinho’s backroom stuff at Real from 2010 to 2011. The Spaniard was in charge of the club's Castilla team, their reserve side, and won the Copa de Campeones de Juvenil title with their youth side.

Buriram chairman Newin Chidchob announced the deal in an official statement and he believes Garcia’s arrival will further cement his team’s status as a top-tier Asian club.

"Alejandro Menendez Garcia accepted our terms and conditions we offered, and will start working as our head coach on September 10,” Newin said.

“His arrival will be a lift for Buriram, as we're progressing to be a top-class Asian club. I also believe this will be Thai football's turning point to brighter days."

Buriram has made it to this season's AFC Champions League quarter final, and is the only Southeast Asian club remaining in the prestigious competition.

However, they have already lost the first leg away to Iran's Esteghal and will need to overturn a 1-0 deficit to make further progress.

The second leg will be played at the Thunder Castle Stadium on September 18.