Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Thailand Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Kiatisak blasts FAT, critics

FOOTBALL: While the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) made another ambitious move to fulfil its World Cup dream on Tuesday (Apr 4), former national team coach Kiatisak Senamuang lashed out at FAT officials and fans whose criticism led to his resignation.

football,


Bangkok Post

Thursday 6 April 2017, 03:00PM


Thailand’s former national football coachr Kiatisuk Senamuang answers questions during a press conference in Bangkok last year ahead of a AFC Suzuki Cup match. Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP
Thailand’s former national football coachr Kiatisuk Senamuang answers questions during a press conference in Bangkok last year ahead of a AFC Suzuki Cup match. Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Kiatisak, 43, announced his resignation as national team coach last Friday (Mar 31) after his men were hammered 3-0 at home by Saudi Arabia and thrashed 4-0 by Japan in Saitama in World Cup qualifiers.

The results were described by FAT president Somyot Poompunmuang as “embarrassing”.

With the losses, Thailand remain bottom of Group B in Asia's final qualifying stage for the 2018 World Cup and are already out of contention with three games left.

“I quit as coach of the Thai national team on March 31 for the FAT to move forward. I apologise that I could not take Thailand to the World Cup in one year,” he said in his first interview since his departure.

“The target is too high. It is difficult to reach the target so I quit to open way for another person to do the job. There are wins, losses and draws in sports. We cannot always win. We lost matches but won fans’ hearts. It is the FAT president and its executive board who passed judgement on me.

“We may forget who we are. Everybody wants to play at the World Cup finals but we have to know ourselves. When we lose, it is not that everybody can scold at us.”

He added: “I was a national player for 15 years and national coach for five years for a total of 20 years and I had never thought about quitting. But I can’t accept this [criticism] and I think I have made the right decision.”

Kiatisak guided the Kingdom to two Suzuki Cup titles and one SEA Games gold medal, although some critics said he was only good at the Southeast Asian level and was out of his depth on the higher stage.

“These days, winning the SEA Games and Suzuki Cup is not easy. There will be the SEA Games in Malaysia in August and we should wait and see if Thailand can win the title,” he said.

He criticised the FAT for not investing in football development and said a large number of the current national team’s players were developed by previous FAT president Worawi Makudi, who first appointed him as coach of the U23 side in 2013.

“I have told the FAT president [Somyot] to develop young players but I don’t know what he has done,” Kiatisak said.

He said he would take a coaching course and would return to football.

Meanwhile, FAT president Somyot on Tuesday signed a contract with Ekkono Method Soccer Services for the Spanish firm to help groom young Thai players with the ultimate aim of steering Thailand to the 2026 World Cup.

Ekkono executive Mikael Ferrero represented the company at the signing ceremony.

Bangkok Thonburi University is part of the project as it has donated a 22-rai plot of land for the FAT to build a national young football development centre.

Barcelona-based Ekkono will send their coaches to look after Thailand’s junior teams.

Julian Marin Bazalo will coach the U21 side, Oriol Alcazar will be in charge of the U19 team, Lorente Sola will supervise the U16s and Salvador Valero Garcia will oversee the U14s.

“The signing of the contract is to lay the foundation for football development from the youth level,” Somyot said.

“We want to see these players take us to the World Cup finals in 2026.”

Ekkono will only work for the FAT in youth development and will not have any role in the full national team, Somyot said.

Fifa will increase the number of World Cup participants from the current 32 to 48 in 2026.

Asia is expected to get eight finals berths, up from the present four or five spots. This would give Thailand, as well as other minnows, a higher chance of playing at the World Cup.

Thailand have never qualified for the World Cup finals.

Ekkono has worked with several countries and clubs including Japan, China, Finland, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Among the players it has helped to develop are Carlos Puyol, Jodi Alba, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas.

Read original story here.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket drunk rescued after falling in ditch while taking a pee

Probably back driving buses over Patong Hill!...(Read More)


Phuket under pressure as tourism growth exposes flaws in hotel sector

Rorri_2 ... none of your business. When you figure out what neo colonialist means and that can be located within context, get back to me....(Read More)


German Papke reveals details of Phuket murder

Bigaresort...it's because it is murder ie when you kill someone unlawfully and with premeditation. It's more of a definition that is easily un...(Read More)


Phuket power chiefs told to speed up cable tangle clean-up

There is only one real and fast solution,cut them all and make new ones for those who complain! SIMPLE!!There will be only a few! Horst...(Read More)


German Papke reveals details of Phuket murder

Why is the polis always say murder when it comes to foreigner's?Just Killing would be enough!Could be manslaughter,Let the judge decide ! Horst...(Read More)


Phuket’s dangerous driving habits sees underpass traffic-flow barrier installed

No wonder As long there egoistic reckless traffic rules ignoring motorists on the road There will be chaos and traffic jams. ...(Read More)


German Papke reveals details of Phuket murder

Can't imagine how somebody could live a normal live day to day knowing what you'd done weeks, months, years before...(Read More)


Phuket under pressure as tourism growth exposes flaws in hotel sector

Jor12, you wouldn't, by chance, run hotels rooms. By the way, you continually use the term "neo colonialist" incorrectly. ...(Read More)


Phuket’s dangerous driving habits sees underpass traffic-flow barrier installed

Because getting the police out to fine dangerous drivers is too difficult...(Read More)


Aussie lifeguards ramp up Phuket lifesaving skills, awareness

Well done that guy, they should put him in charge of many posts, he realises that getting help from other countries is the way forward!...(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.