With the announcement came sweeping changes to the club’s structure.
Though not confirmed, it is rumoured that Mayor of Kathu Municipality, Chai-anant Suthikul, will be the new club president, and Jirayus Songyos, former FC Phuket manager, will be vice president.
It was said that the two men have pitched in B5 million each to keep FC Phuket going.
A Financial and Management Department will be created to handle all financial matters, led by Arseen Arammethapongsa and Pradit Saengjan.
The marketing manager from Siam Niramit Phuket will also join forces with the club as new head of the FC Phuket marketing team.
The FC Phuket team manager was due to be announced today (February 10).
Ticket prices for 2012 will also change, though will only see a nominal increase. The cost will rise from B50 general admission and B20 for students, to B60 and B30, respectively.
It was also proposed that the club start a donations account that FC Phuket fans can deposit money into. This will not be a share sale as previously suggested, but will instead be a charitable donation.
Fans have already been receptive to the idea, posting positive comments on the supporters’ Facebook page.
Ko Lek announced he had also travelled to Bangkok to meet with footballers from both last season and prospective new players from Muang Thong United, subsequently announcing the list of players who will make up Phuket’s starting side next season (see below).
It is rumoured that Sarach Yooyen, FC Phuket’s star midfielder who was poached by Muang Thong United, might also return to Phuket. Despite making the Muang Thong team, his preferred position is filled by Theerasil Dangda, a player seemingly impossible to replace.
A goalkeeper from Suphanburi will also have a trial with FC Phuket.
With the news, a group of fans from Noksanarm Fan Club, who pledged to run up the Big Buddha Hill if FC Phuket remained alive, will now have to carry through with their pledge.
Their kae bon (a ritual performed when your wish is granted) schedule has yet to be confirmed, but the ringleader, a fan who uses Facebook name Yoyo Sarasin, said they will go on the run after the first game in March is played, just to make sure that there will not be any last minute changes.
Based on the rollercoaster off-season the club has had, that’s probably a wise move.
FC Phuket 2012 lineup
Thawin Butrasombat, star striker who was off with a broken tibia for most of the 2011 season.
Watcharakorn Klaitin from Chiang Rai United – rumoured to have discipline issues.
Karute from Ivory Coast (Muang Thong Utd).
Suwit Tulan from Phuket.
Seksit Srisai (retained).
Santos, a Brazilian from Yangon United FC in Myanmar.
Yuttana Jongnok, a Myanmar League Champion with Air Force Utd
Poramut Krongborisut (retained).
Suphat Ontthong (retained)
Nene Bi (retained)
Montree Janseeharat, previously played for Phuket in 2009.
Tatpicha Aksornsri from Muang Thong Utd
Phuketian Suchart Sae-ang
In addition, FC Phuket are rumored to be buying a left back from Chiang Mai FC , as well as a Norwegian centre-half, while 2010 players Suthee Sakdiwong, Kittitach Kraithong and Arwoot Nuchet will be contacted and offered new contracts.