The Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) — Former Japan manager Akira Nishino is the new coach of the Thailand senior and under-23 teams.
Nishino agreed to take the job on Monday after a four-hour meeting with Football Association of Thailand chief Somyot Poompamoung in Bangkok.
He will coach Thailand in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and take the under-23s to the 2019 South East Asia Games and 2020 Asia under-23 championship, the Thai F.A. said. Nishino attended Thai league games on Saturday and Sunday.
Despite only two months with Japan before the 2018 World Cup, he led the Blue Samurai to the round of 16, almost causing a huge upset before losing to Belgium 3-2. That ended his brief contract with Japan, which sought a long-term coach.
Nishino succeeded Milovan Rajevac as Thailand coach. Rajevac was sacked in January, the day after Thailand lost to India 4-1 in its opening match of the Asian Cup.
Former assistant Sirisak Yodyardthai led Thailand the rest of the way, and resigned after the King’s Cup last month.
Man U inks Rashford
MANCHESTER (AP) — Marcus Rashford has signed a four-year deal at Manchester United as the Premier League team tied down one of its most gifted young players.
The 21-year-old England striker now has a contract at United until 2023, with the option of a further year.
Rashford, who is locally born, emerged as the first-choice striker for manager Old Gunnar Solskjaer in the closing weeks of last season and is likely to fill that role again next season with Romelu Lukaku potentially leaving United.
Rashford has made 170 appearances for United since breaking into the first team in 2016, and is seen as a key figure in United’s rebuild under Solskjaer after last season’s disappointing sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
Said Solskjaer: “Marcus is one of the most talented English players of his generation ... an outstanding player blessed with natural pace and energy.”