Friday, 31 December 2010

What does the future hold for the Raj?

Confusion and rumour continue to rule the roost at Rajpracha-Nonthaburi. Some reports suggest that the very future of the club was in doubt at one point, though this may be nothing but hyperbole.

It now seems almost certain that coach Somchai has left the club, and the way it has been reported suggests that his departure was acrimonious. To my knowledge, no new coach has been appointed yet. 

Further speculation suggests that there may be top players leaving for Muangthong United or other places. One inside report also suggests that Muangthong United forward Ibrahim was 'promised' to Rajpracha, but this has not happened yet.

With so much beffudlement, who better to clear things up than club president Supridee Pravitra? After one online site reported that K. Supridee has lost interest in Raj, he responded in English: "I could give up everything in my life just to see Rajpracha football team successful. This team is my body and soul."

K.Supridee has very kindly agreed to an interview that will appear here soon.

Nonthaburi FC mean business

The owner of Nonthaburi FC has confirmed that promotion to Division One and nothing less is the target for next season.

The club have conjointly confirmed they are signing a new coach with higher league experience but will not reveal the identity until his contract with his current club expires.

The 'Crows' have also signed three foreign players: a twenty five year old Belgian forward, thirty year old midfielder Muhammed Kha signed from a Belgian club and a twenty seven year old midfielder, possibly a Guinean international.

Apparently the club may also launch a new logo and shirt design next season, though sponsorship is not required unless a suitably sized offer is made.

Two pre-season friendlies have been played against Prachinburi FC and PTT respectively.

I'm hopeful of publishing an interview with a very popular Eka player soon.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Dissension at Raj?

A sequence of reports on Siam Sport has suggested serious division in the ranks at Rajpracha-Nonthaburi FC. I'm waiting for a native speaker to clarify the many reports before commenting further but at a glance the reports do not seem to state any sources other than Somchai himself.
There are two sides to every story and the ongoing reports don't seem to help anyone at Rajpracha.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Bye bye Somchai
UPDATE: I understand coach Somchai has not made any certain decisions yet.

If I understand correctly, Somchai Subpaem has left Rajpracha due to internal disagreements. This means Raj are now seeking their fourth coach in two season which is not usually a healthy sign.

Somchai played a key role in lifting Raj's fortunes last season. Good luck to him for the future.