Schaefer out as Thailand seek new coach

Thailand have terminated the contract of its national team coach Winfried Schafer, ending the colourful German's near two-year tenure.

Schaefer enjoyed a chequered time in Thailand's top job, overseeing a disappointing FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign but progressing to the final of the regional Suzuki Cup in December only to narrowly lose on home soil.

"The association has finished its contract with Winfried," Ongart Kosinka, secretary-general of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), told AFP, adding that both sides agreed to annul the agreement.

"I was not there when the two sides talked but the FAT decision was based on several reasons including coach performance," he added, saying no decision had been made on his successor.

Schaefer, who replaced former Manchester United and England captain Bryan Robson in July 2011, has been widely linked in local reports with a role at Muangthong United, holders of the Thai Premier League crown.

Schaefer led Cameroon to victory in the 2002 CAF Africa Cup of Nations. He has also coached United Arab Emirates side Al Ain and FK Baku of Azerbaijan.