Coach Ban takes Bangkok United reins

Coach Ban takes Bangkok United reins

Totchtawan Sripan (right) with Bangkok United chairman Kajorn Chearavanont.
Totchtawan Sripan (right) with Bangkok United chairman Kajorn Chearavanont.

True Bangkok United have officially appointed Totchtawan Sripan as the new head coach of the team in the hope of staking a claim for the Thai League 1 title.

Bangkok United parted ways with former coach Mano Polking last month after the team lost four matches in a row.

He was replaced by Daniele Invincibile as coach but Bangkok United could only manage a 1-1 draw with Nakhon Ratchasima and suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Port under the Australian.

Bangkok United signed a contract with former SCG Muang Thong coach Totchtawan as the new head coach of the team on Thursday after the former Thailand playmaker quit his job as the assistant to national team coach Akira Nishino.

Bangkok United chairman Kajorn Chearavanont thanked Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang for releasing Totchtawan, popularly known as "Coach Ban" in national football circles.

"He is a good coach and a gentleman who has earned an excellent reputation since his playing days," Kajorn said of Totchtawan.

"We are hoping that he would get along well with our players, many of whom played under him when he coached Muang Thong United. He has also been interacting with our key players during the national team training camps.

"We will give coach Ban time he needs to study our team structure and assess the players."

Totchtawan said: "I was surprised to learn that Bangkok United were interested in me. It was an easy decision for me because it's a big club with some very good players.

"At first, we will be taking things on match by match basis only."

Totchtawan had a successful stint with Muang Thong United from 2016-2018, helping the Kirins win one Thai League 1 and two League Cup titles.

He has also coached Saraburi, Police Tero and Suphanburi teams in the past.

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