Former Black Stars coach Milovan Ravejac is up for another coaching stint at Thailand as he has been appointed as the new coach of the country’s national team. The Serbian will be returning to the limelight after he resigned as coach of Algerian team in October 2016.
The former coach of Algerian national team has signed a one-year contract with the side. The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) made the appointment on Wednesday, choosing from a three-man shortlist that included Brazilian Marcos Paqueta and Germany’s Winfried Schaefer.
The search for a new coach for the Thailand team became necessary following the resignation of Kiatisuk “Zico” Senamuang, who quit after three years in charge last month -March. He stepped down following the team’s most recent defeat which was a 4-0 reverse in Japan.
All eyes had been on Milovan following news of a new coach for the side. The Serbian was considered the front-runner as he was predicted by many sources to be the likely choice of FAT.
The 63-year-old, who took Ghana to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was interviewed for the job on Tuesday, April 25. After a tough competition, Milovan Ravejac who was the most favorite name around made it as the chosen one; beating former Thailand boss Winfried Schaefer and ex-Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.
According to reports, the incoming Thailand coach will earn USD 58,000 per month. This is said to be the same salary paid Kiatisuk.
The Task Ahead
The former Black Stars coach is warming up to take up once again, the big responsibilities that come with being a club manager. Milovan Ravejac is set to lead Thailand through their final three Russia 2018 qualifiers.
Milovan’s first assignment will be the resumption of 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying in June. The Team currently sit bottom of Group B, having picked up just one point so far in Round 3 of Asian qualifying, and are mathematically out of the running to reach their first World Cup.
The Thais will play the United Arab Emirates in Bangkok on June 13.
Ravejac’s remarkable stint at the Ghanaian side can never be ignored. Milovan had a three-year spell with the Black Stars having managed Ghana’s national football team between 2008 and 2010. The Serbian took Ghana to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Following a successful two years with Ghana, Rajevac briefly managed in Asia, taking charge of Saudi club Al-Ahli for five months in 2010 before a short spell as Qatar manager in 2011.