Friday, 26 June 2009

Tawan takes BEC Tero reins

BANGKOK – Former Thailand international Tawan Sripan has been named as head coach of inaugural AFC Champions League finalists BEC Tero Sasana, replacing Frenchman Christophe Larrouilh who becomes the team’s Technical Director.

Tawan (pictured with club President Brin Marcar) ended his playing career at BEC Tero Sasana after spells in Vietnam (Hoang Anh Gia Lai) and Singapore (the now-defunct Sembawang Rangers) and was previously on the coaching staff of the Thailand national team but the mercurial midfielder struggled to balance his role as an assistant to Peter Reid and continuing to play for the Fire Dragons.

BEC Tero will be hoping that Tawan, who was capped 145 times for his country, can reignite the Bangkok giants’ Thailand Premier League (TPL) campaign, with the club currently fifth in the table at the half-way stage.

The two-time league champions ended the first leg of the 2009 TPL season with a 4-1 loss to promoted side Muang Thong United and are currently eight points behind joint leaders Chonburi and Bangkok Glass.

BEC Tero resume their league campaign on July 26 when they entertain table-toppers Chonburi, pitting Tawan against good friend and former international team-mate Kiatisuk ‘Zico’ Senamuang, who recently led the Shark into the quarter-finals of this year’s AFC Cup with a 4-0 win over Indonesia’s PSMS Medan.

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