Football

Robbo: Thailand can be among Asia's best

Though busy as United's global ambassador, Bryan Robson is still keeping tabs on Asean football.

Robson was Thailand's head coach from 2009 to 2011, and wasn't surprised to see his former charges lift the AFF Suzuki Cup last month.

He attributes the victory to their coach Kiatisuk Senamuang, whom he worked with during his spell with Thailand.

"When I was in charge of Thailand, I had Steve Darby as assistant, but I brought Zico (as Kiatisuk is widely known) in as a coach as well," Robson said.

"I liked what I saw in him; he takes his coaching very seriously.

"When I left the team, I told the Thai FA that he should be my successor.

"I'm not surprised he's doing such a good job now."

Kiatisuk took over the reins last year after Robson's successor, Winfried Schaefer, resigned after two years.

And Robson believes Thailand have what it takes to be among the best in Asia.

"They can compete on an Asian level, but they need more experienced coaches," said the Englishman.

"Thailand have so many talented footballers to choose from. They just need the right coaches to guide that talent."