Recent reports in Thailand have suggested that Milovan Rajevac has already been appointed as the national team’s head coach despite Alain Perrin’s scheduled interview with the association on Monday.
According to the Bangkok Post, “the country’s biggest-selling daily Thai Rath, citing an unnamed source, said FAT president Somyot Poompunmaung had already chosen Rajevac”.
This comes after the surprise resignation of Kiatisuk Senamuang last month. Senamuang could only claim one point from seven 2018 AFC World Cup qualifiers and the new coach will be tasked with finishing that campaign on a positive note.
Qualifiers with United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Australia await while there is also a friendly with Uzbekistan in June. The contract is believed to be a short one and so failure to impress in these games could spell the end for Rajevac.
These claims are interesting as former China and Lyon manager, Perrin, is due to be interviewed for the position on Monday.
If true, Rajevac will have beaten the likes of Zico, Dunga and Frank Rijkaard to the post.
Rajevac’s appeal is two fold. His salary demands are believed to be small when compared to the aforementioned names and also he has a proven track record on the biggest stage of them all – in 2010 he very nearly led Ghana to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and was only denied by Suarez’s handball in a controversial quarter-final clash.
Of concern though, is the fact that Rajevac has been out of football for nearly five years.