Despite winning three out of four games to start the 2020 Thai League season, Port have parted company with Choktawee Promrut. Given the former Thailand U23 coach’s record with the club, which includes an FA Cup victory in 2019, the sacking is widely seen as unjustified. However, a strained relationship backroom relationship and an embarrassing early elimination from the AFC Champions League qualifying round could have factored into the decision.
However, the most intriguing aspect of the unfolding saga was the fallout from the shocking decision, particularly coach Chok’s revealing interview with SiamSport where he alleged his lack of control over the squad due to interventions by the club’s owner.
Choktawee is also far from the only unjustified sacking Thai football has seen in recent years. Talented coaches like Ricardo Rodriguez, Slavisa Jokanovic and Bozidar Bandovic have all faced the ax in recent seasons despite managing incredible results at their various clubs.
Join Football Tribe editors Gian Chansrichawla, Obb Deewajin, and podcast host Ta Lao as they discuss the fallout from Choktawee’s departure, and recount some of the other unjustified sackings from recent Thai League history.
Additionally, for an insider perspective on events, join Port FC supporters Tom Earls and Tim Russell for their most recent ‘Portcast’ episode discussing Chok’s departure, as well as the culture of interference by the owner at Port FC and in Thai football more generally.