Ex-Iran team coach appointed Thai Buriram United head coach

Former Iranian football head coach Afshin Ghotbi has taken charge of Thailand’s football club Buriram United, which is currently playing in the professional league for Football Association clubs in the Southeast Asian country – Thai Premier League.

Management of Buriram United Football Club wasted no time in naming 52-year-old Ghotbi as their new head coach after the club, nicknamed Thunder Castle, and Brazilian football manager Alexandre Torreira da Gama Lima Casado ended mutual cooperation by mutual consent on Monday.

“Following talks, we have agreed to part company by mutual consent,” Buriram manager Tatthep Pitakpoolsing told the English-language Bangkok Post daily newspaper.

Gama added, “The game with Bangkok Glass was my last game as coach of Buriram. I understand the situation and accept the decision. This is football.”

The Brazilian football coach was appointed Buriram United’s head coach in 2014, and the club won the Thai Premier League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup each once under his tutelage.

Ghotbi was appointed as the head coach of Tehran-based Persepolis football club in July 2007. He led the Reds to Iranian Pro League championship in May 2008, and left the club the following month.

He returned to Persepolis on July 3, 2008, after signing a two-year deal. Ghotbi had poor results afterwards, and opted for resignation on November 18, 2008. He left Iran the next day.

Ghotbi was in charge of Iran men’s national football team between April 22, 2009 and January 22, 2011. He officially resigned after his team lost to South Korea and got knocked out of the 2011 Asian Cup.

He was strongly poised to be heading to Suphanburi for the beginning of Thai Premier League campaign, but the move did not take place.

By Press TV