|By PADDY HIGGS
Australian coach Phil Stubbins has been dismissed by Bangkok Glass after just one match of the 2013 Thai Premier League season.
The Glass Rabbits had been after a marked improvement on their eighth-placed finish in 2012, but began the new campaign with a shock 1-0 loss at lowly-rated Songkhla United on Sunday.
It led to the dismissal of former Adelaide United assistant Stubbins, who had been at the helm of Bangkok Glass since September, having been at TPL rivals Police United before that.
"We are not only focus on his performance but we also believe that his culture is inappropriate with Thai people," Bangkok Glass team manager Suppasin Lellarit said of Stubbins' sacking, which is the first coaching casualty of the new TPL season.
English-born Stubbins had signed Irish targetman Billy Mehmet from Perth Glory and Australian utility Goran Subara for the new season.
Elsewhere in the TPL, former Gold Coast United defender Ante Rozic has found a new home at Suphanburi FC.
Rozic had been at Ukrainian club Metalurh Zaporizhya in 2012, but had been on the lookout for a new club and had trialled at Chiangrai United before signing at league rivals Suphanburi.
The towering centre-back will take the club's designated Asian spot in their squad, and Suphanburi president Warawut Sinlapa-Archa was happy to exploit the ruling to get their man.
"As Ante Rozic is Australian, we have got an advantage on our Asian quota," he said.
"However, it is not the crucial reason of his signing, but his great performance on trial and his European experience "
- With Goal.com Thailand