Ratchaburi's Ziege departs after 2 games

Ratchaburi's Ziege departs after 2 games

Ziege lasts just 2 months at Ratchaburi

German coach Christian Ziege.  PR
German coach Christian Ziege. PR

Ratchaburi Mitr Phol and Christian Ziege have parted ways only two months after the former Germany international became the Thai League 1 team's coach.

Ratchaburi yesterday announced through their Facebook page that former Germany defender Ziege's role as the head coach of the team was ended by mutual consent.

The statement from Ratchaburi did not give any specific reason for the former Liverpool star's departure, but reports suggested it was because of family reasons.

"Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC and Christian Ziege had a discussion about this and both sides agreed to end the coaching contract of the former Germany international."

Ziege was appointed as the head coach of Ratchaburi for the new season which started this month.

He was in the Ratchaburi dugout for two Thai League 1 matches, with the first ending in a 2-1 loss to defending champions Buriram United and the second in a 1-0 win over Air Force Central.

The Dragons have appointed Ziege's assistant Somchai Maiwilai as the caretaker coach.

Ratchaburi have an away Thai League 1 assignment tomorrow, when they face in-form Port.

Their team manager Robert Procuerer admitted that it would be a tough game for his side and added: "We only hope to pick up a point."

Coach Totchtawan Sripan wants his SCG Muang Thong United to bounce back from last week's setback and make amends in their game against newly promoted Air Force at Dhupatemiya Stadium tonight.

Muang Thong lost 2-0 to Port last weekend, but Totchtawan said: "I have told the players not to feel disappointed as it's quite early in the season. The best way to deal with it will be to win against Air Force."

In other important games this weekend, winless Chonburi host Sukhothai this evening and Bangkok United welcome Suphanburi tomorrow evening.

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