Thailand appoint Kiatisuk Senamuang as new national team coach

The former War Elephants international was named as the replacement for outgoing Winfied Schafer, and will also take charge of the Under-23 squad for the SEA Games

The love-hate relationship between Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi and German Winfried Schafer officially came to an end earlier in the week after both parties decided to mutually end the latter’s contract as Thailand head coach. 

There had been several announcements by Worawi in recent weeks regarding the removal of Schafer from his post prior to that, but the German remained adamant about staying on in the position.

But Worawi announced at a press conference that Schafer has finally agreed to part ways with the War Elephants, before then appointing former Thailand international Kiatisuk Senamuang (Zico) as the new national team coach. 

"About Winfried Schafer, we have settled it and as he has had confrontations with many organisations in his job, this should be the best decision for all," he said.

“He'll have his compensation as it's in the deal.

"We have appointed Zico as the new national team coach and he will also take charge of the SEA Games squad.

“His first task is the friendly match against China on June 15.” 

After the announcement by Worawi, Schafer posted the following message in his Facebook page.

“The FA of Thailand and me cancelled the contract in mutual agreement," it read.

“I am very sad about this development. I had a fantastic time with the kindest and good hearted players.

“I wish them all the best for the future. I will give you soon more information. Thank you for your support.”

Schafer was appointed as Thailand national team coach in 2011 and his compensation is believed to be in the range of 9 million baht (around SGD 366,000). 

Prior to that, Schafer was head coach of Azerbaijan’s Premier League club FC Baku and had previously been in charge of the Cameroon national team in 2001.

Goal Singapore understands that former Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic’s services were offered to the Thai FA, but they decided to go with Kiatisuk instead.