Thailand fires coach after Asian Cup loss to India

Milovan Rajevac looks on during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A football game between Thailand and India. (AFP)

Thailand has sacked soccer head coach Milovan Rajevac following the team’s 4-1 defeat to India in their opening game of the Asian Cup, the country’s football association (FAT) said on Monday.

Serbian Rajevac, who was appointed in April 2017, was already under pressure going into the tournament after Thailand failed to defend their ASEAN Football Federation Championship title in December.

“I hereby announce the suspension of Milovan Rajevac’s contract as coach of Thailand’s national team,” FAT President Somyot Poompanmoung said in a statement.

Rajevac’s assistant, Sirisak Yodyardthai, has been put in interim charge of Thailand, who are bottom of Group A, and will play Bahrain on Thursday.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52