Sergio Farias, who was roped in by NorthEast United as their head coach for the season a couple of months earlier, is reportedly set to return to Thailand to re-unite with his former employers. The 48-year old was unveiled as coach by the ISL side, but reports suggest he will return to Suphanburi .
Suphanburi FC, a Thailand Premier League (TPL) club, had split ways with Spanish coach Ricardo Rodriguez recently, and have convinced Sergio Farias to return, reported Goal.com. Faras had coached the Brazil U-20 team in 1998-99 and 2001, before winning the AFC Champions League in 2009 with South Korean club Pohang Steelers. Under Farias, Pohang Steelers won the AFC Champions League and the K-League title in 2009, while he also guided the club to the title triumph in the Korean FA Cup in 2008, and a third-place finish at the Club World Cup in 2009.
All the ISL clubs were supposed to have a head coach by July 1, barring FC Goa, who are awaiting a verdict on the penalties levied for the ISL final fracas, reported Goal.com. With Farias defecting back to Suphanburi FC, ‘The Highlanders’ are in now trouble.
Farias had displayed intent and ambition when he joined NorthEast United."The most important thing that I saw in the owners was the ambition to get a good result. This is what I waited for. Ambition and patience is what moves football. So I come here to do a good job," Farias said then, reported Goal.com.
The Brazilian managed his country’s U-17 team and guided them to the title triumph in the 2001 South American Championship. Farias worked with former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, at the U-20 level.