Buriram sack Attaphol, appoint Scott Cooper

Chairman Newin Chidchob ended the former Thai international's three-year stint at the club hours after the Thunder Castle Warriors made it to the AFC Champions League Round of 16
By Khalis Rifhan

Success in modern day football does not necessarily guarantee one's job at a club and that is what Buriram United coach Attaphol Buspakom found out on Thursday.

Hours after successfully qualifying for the AFC Champions League Round of 16, pipping Jiangsu Sainty to second spot on goal difference in Group E, Attaphol found himself jobless.

While fans of the Thunder Castle Warriors were still celebrating their club's achievement, Buriram chairman Newin Chidchob had released a video clip online to confirm Attaphol’s departure from the club. 

“The time has come and there are some promises that are still not fulfilled, so we decided to separate with coach Tak [Attaphol]," the video stated.

“We’re a team that live and die by the system, not the person. We’re still as competitive as ever and always aim for three points in every game.” 

The club has confirmed the appointment of former Leicester City technical director Scott Cooper as the new man in charge of the squad.

Cooper was Attaphol’s assistant since the start of the season and speculation is rife that he had a major role in shaping Buriram’s strategies and style of play this year. 

Attaphol’s son, Singhtarua FC midfielder Wannapon Buspakom, said to the media on the night itself that his dad had called him and sent a message to the Buriram’s faithful.

“He asks me to say thanks to Buriam United and the supporters for their support," he said, adding that the sacking did not come as a surprise.

“He had earlier said that he may not be able to continue in his job as his contract is running out in a month's time and there is still no new offer or talk with the club.

“As for the reason why he is sacked, let him speak [to the media] by himself after he is back to Thailand.”