Akira Nishino new Thailand manager

Today it was confirmed the former Japan coach Akira Nishino will take charge of the ever-improving Thailand side. The rumours have been circulating for the last few weeks and today it was finally announced. 

Experienced coach leaves Japan

Nishino takes control of Thailand and this will be the first time the 64-year-old has managed outside of Japan. As he started as a manager in 1991 when he took charge of Japan Under 20 side. 

The experienced boss has had ups and downs since 1991, with his most impressive spell being with Gamba Osaka between 2002-2011 when he won all to be won in Japan. This also included the Asian Champions League in 2008 when his side overcame Adelaide United in the final. 

On top of this, he has had major achievements such as being name Asian coach of the year in 2008 and J League manager of the year in 2000 and 2005. 

His success in his country led him to take charge of Japan for the 2018 World Cup, despite this coming in difficult circumstances he did lead them to the last 16. The team then lost out to Belgium after being 2-0 up. To show how impressive it was to run the European side so close was summed up when Belgium went on to finish third in Russia. 

Now to Thailand

On Monday the Thailand FA announced it would be Akira Nishino taking charge of the national team with the hope he will lead the country into a first World Cup finals.

The new boss comes in with time to prepare the side for the World Cup qualifiers which begin in September. With the draw for the second phase of Asia's qualifying due to take place in Kuala Lumpur on 17th July.

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