Thailand demand Reid answers
Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi has demanded a clear answer from Peter Reid regarding his future after the national team coach asked to remain with Stoke for a further two weeks.
Reid appeared to be ending his one-year tenure as Thailand coach to join Stoke as Tony Pulis' No2. But, after Reid and FAT supremo Makudi met in Manchester two weeks ago, the former Sunderland and Manchester City coach confirmed he would return to Thailand after insisting he was only helping close friend Pulis on a short-term, temporary basis.
Reid, though, has now asked to remain at the Britannia Stadium for a further two weeks, a move which has angered Makudi, who was in England as a guest of the Football Association.
"Peter told me that the Thai national team will be idle until November when they face Singapore home and away in the Asian Cup qualifying round. So he asked for permission to work with Pulis for another two weeks," Makudi told the Bangkok Post.
"I told him that this would mean he did not honour the promise he made at the Manchester restaurant. The FAT and the Thai fans want him to come back. I want a clear-cut answer. He cannot do two jobs at the same time. He must be Thailand's coach on a full-time basis."
Thailand are set to resume their AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign against Singapore on 14 November before playing the return fixture four days later in Bangkok.