Former Thailand national coach Kiatisuk leaves open possibility of managing Vietnam

By Minh Khang   April 1, 2024 | 12:37 am PT
Coach Kiatisuk Senamuang has left open the possibility of becoming the manager of the Vietnam national football team but said he was focusing on his job in the V. League for now.
Coach Kiatisuk Senamuang during a game of V. League club CAHN. Photo by VnExpress/Duong Pham

Coach Kiatisuk Senamuang during a game of V. League club CAHN. Photo by VnExpress/Duong Pham

"Managing the Vietnam national team is an opportunity for all coaches, not just me. I hope that person will understand Vietnamese football and bring them to the World Cup," Kiatisuk told the media after the 2-0 victory of Cong An Ha Noi (CAHN) over Thanh Hoa FC in the V. League on Sunday.

Kiatisuk is currently one of the contenders for the manager position of Vietnam national team after Vietnam Football Federation terminated the contract with coach Philippe Troussier.

In addition to Kiatisuk, a number of other talented coaches in the V. League were also nominated such as coach Velizar Popov (Thanh Hoa), Chu Dinh Nghiem (Hai Phong FC), Vu Hong Viet (Nam Dinh FC) and Le Huynh Duc (Becamex Binh Duong).

"I would like to thank all the fans in Vietnam. As a coach, I’m very happy to work in Vietnam. In football, anything can happen. In the immediate future, I will focus on doing my best with CAHN to achieve our highest goal," Kiatisuk added.

This victory helped CAHN continue to secure third place on the V. League table with 25 points, seven behind the first place Nam Dinh and one point behind Binh Duong.

In the next round, CAHN will return home to take on Song Lam Nghe AN on April 4.

Kiatisuk is a Thai football legend who won V. League titles with Hoang Anh Gia Lai in 2003 and 2004 as a player.

In 2020, he returned to HAGL as the club's head coach. He was also the head coach of Thailand national team from 2014-2017, achieving great success.

In January this year, he parted ways with HAGL to become CAHN’s head coach.

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