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Robson to become Thailand coach

Bryan Robson
Robson will replace former England team-mate Peter Reid

Former England and Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has agreed to sign a four-year contract to take over as coach of Thailand's national team.

The head of the Football Association of Thailand confirmed the 52-year-old will succeed former England colleague Peter Reid, now the assistant boss at Stoke.

"He's very happy with what we've offered him, it's a four-year deal," said Worawi Makudi.

"The plan is he'll coach for the Asian Cup, Olympics and hopefully World Cup."

The former Middlesbrough, West Brom and Bradford boss had been away from the management scene since parting company with Sheffield United in February 2008.

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He has no previous experience in international management but was linked to the Republic of Ireland and a deal to take over as Nigeria manager in 2003 broke down.

Under previous coach Reid, Thailand made a steady start to their qualifying campaign for the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar after securing draws against Jordan and Iran but face crucial back-to-back qualifiers against Singapore in November.

Reid signed a four-year deal in September 2008 but left one year into his contract to join Stoke.

He had suggested continuing his Thai duties on a part-time basis but the idea was rejected by the nation's football chiefs.

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see also
Reid named Stoke assistant boss
09 Sep 09 |  Stoke
Reid set to join staff at Stoke
22 Aug 09 |  Stoke
Reid confirmed as Thailand boss
02 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Blackwell in for Robson at Blades
14 Feb 08 |  Sheff Utd

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