Rajevac seen as top bet for Thailand job

Rajevac seen as top bet for Thailand job

Brazilian coach Paqueta also strong candidate

Kiatisak Senamuang and his players thank fans at Rajamangala National Stadium on March 23, 2017 after Thailand lost 3-0 to Saudi Arabia. He later stepped down as coach of the national team. (M2F photo)
Kiatisak Senamuang and his players thank fans at Rajamangala National Stadium on March 23, 2017 after Thailand lost 3-0 to Saudi Arabia. He later stepped down as coach of the national team. (M2F photo)

Serbia's Milovan Rajevac and Brazil's Marcos Paqueta are favourites to become Thailand's new national team coach.

According to reports, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) will pick either Rajevac or Paqueta to replace Kiatisak Senamuang who quit last month after the national side's heavy defeats in the 2018 World Cup qualifying round.

However, the country's biggest-selling daily Thai Rath, citing an unnamed source, said FAT president Somyot Poompunmaung had already chosen Rajevac.

The Serbian coach took Ghana to the quarter-finals at the 2010 World Cup, and was fired as coach of Algeria last year.

Apart from his ability, Rajevac's asking salary is not too high, according to Thai Rath.

The newspaper claimed the Serbian would receive two million baht a month -- the same amount the FAT paid Kiatisak.

Rajevac would sign a one-year contract, Thai Rath said.

Meanwhile, Siam Sport said there were only two candidates left for consideration -- Rajevac and Paqueta.

Paqueta guided the Brazilian U17 team to the 2003 Fifa U17 World Cup title.

He also helped Saudi Arabia qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, and has coached teams in the Middle East.

Rajevac and Paqueta are among seven coaches who have been interviewed by FAT officials.

The other five are Dragan Talajic, Winfried Schaefer, Rene Meulensteen, Jorvan Vieira, Milovan and Masahiro Shimota.

Nathan Hall, agent of former Brazil coach Dunga, talked to FAT officials last week.

However, Dunga, who captained Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning side, is considered out of contention as Somyot says he will only pick one who has met FAT officials in person.

"We want to see their ambition," Somyot was quoted as saying.

Monday is the final day for applications to the job of Thailand coach and one more candidate, former China national team manager Alain Perrin, will be interviewed by the FAT officials.

The FAT is expected to name the new national team coach on Friday.


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