Atthaphol coaches Bangkok Glass

Coach Atthaphol Puspakom has joined Bangkok Glass shortly after being sacked by fellow Thai Premier League side Buriram United.

  • Published: 3/05/2013 at 08:05 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

Atthaphol Puspakom, right, gives intructions to Bangkok Glass players at a training session. (Photo courtesy of Bangkok Glass FC)

Buriram chairman Newin Chidchob fired Atthaphol on Wednesday night after the Thunder Castle reached the last 16 of the AFC Champions League with a 2-2 draw at FC Seoul.

Atthaphol has signed a two-year contract with Bangkok Glass and started working with the Rabbits on Friday, the club said.

His first assignment as Bangkok Glass boss will be a tough one - an away match at Chonburi FC on Sunday.

Atthaphol is one of the most successful Thai coaches, having guided Muang Thong United and Buriram to several domestic titles in recent years.

He steered BEC Tero Sasana to the AFC Champions League final in 2013 when they lost to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.

He was sacked as Muang Thong coach after leading the Kirins to their first-ever TPL title in 2009.

He then joined Buriram and guided them to sweep an unprecedented three domestic titles - the TPL, FA Cup and League Cup - in 2011.

Buriram failed to defend the TPL crown but retained the FA Cup and League Cup titles last year.

After he was fired by Buriram, he admitted that he had been at odds with Newin, who he claimed interfered in his job.

Newin on Friday said he fired the coach because he had problems with key players.

"He had problems with both Thai and foreign players from the start of the season," Newin said.

"The players wanted me to get a new coach. We had to make a decision whether to choose the coach or the players. We have made a decision which is best for us as a team."

Newin admitted that he played a key role in selecting players.

"I have never refused to accept that I am the head coach and the coach is just my assistant."

Englishman Scott Cooper has been appointed caretaker coach.

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