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Former China national team head coach Alain Perrin to meet Thai FA president

Former Lyon manager and China national team head coach Alain Perrin is reportedly among the final three applicants scheduled to meet Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Somyot Poompanmuang.

Perrin, who made his name after a short but successful spell with Lyon in the 2000s, is currently without a job after leaving China national team in 2016.

Along with the veteran French coach, former Muangthong United manager Dragan Talajic and Brazilian trainer Marcos Paqueta have also applied for the vacant Thailand national team post.

According to spokesman Patis Supapong, FAT will no longer accept applications after Monday.

A board meeting will be held on Tuesday when FAT is expected to come to a conclusion, Supapong said. The contract negotiation process will follow shortly, and an official announcement will be made soon.

“The application period will run until Monday after some of those interested had visa problems. We would like to give them a chance”, Supapong said, as quoted by The Nation.

“Today, Withaya [Laohakul, the technical director] explained to the board the pros and cons of each of six to seven candidates that we have called in for talks. There are two others, who will arrive tomorrow and another on Monday. Dunga isn’t on that list”, he added.