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Phuket FC head coach optimistic about season ahead

Phuket FC head coach optimistic about season ahead

FOOTBALL: During a recent Phuket FC training session at Republic Phuket, The Phuket News were able to catch up with new Head Coach Pittaya “Odd” Phimarnman. Coach Odd sat down for his first interview shortly before the session got underway and talked about a range of topics related to the team.

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By Saroj Kueprasertkij

Thursday 21 January 2016, 10:43AM


Phuket FC's new head coach Pittaya “Odd” Phimarnman.

Phuket FC's new head coach Pittaya “Odd” Phimarnman.

TPN: What is your biggest priority with this team?

My priority for this mission is to bring Phuket FC back to League-1 as soon as possible and to bring entertaining football to Surakul Stadium for Phuket FC fans.

TPN: What kind of playing style will you bring to the team?

I am a big fan of pressing football. I will train my team to fight till the final whistle and to entertain the fans as much as possible. My forward players will have to try their best to win the ball back after they lose the ball. We will try to defend from the front and that will make the rest of the team’s work a lot easier.

TPN: Where are you in terms of filling out the roster?

Right now I have enough players to compete in the coming season. We have signed around 28–30 players. About 30 per cent came from the former Satun team and the rest are new recruits. About 10 ten players are from Phuket originally.

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I am quite happy with my squad and I can see some potential for the team, which I believe can be number one in the southern region. But it still too early to say. We still have a long season ahead and there are still a number of factors that can affect the team. We will work together very carefully to bring the team to our goal at the end of the season.

TPN: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

In my opinion, Phuket is like the capital city of the south. A lot of people from other provinces come to set up their lives here in Phuket.

Along with Phuket locals, I would like to see Phuket FC to be the team of everyone that lives and loves Phuket. I want all of us to have good time together at Surakul Stadium every week we play there.

Phuket FC fans wanting to get to see the newly formed team in action don’t have to wait too long as on Saturday (Jan 23) they will be playing a friendly against Kendah FC from Malaysia. The game will kick off at 7pm at Surakul Stadium.

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