BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter Thailand U-23 head coach Worrawoot Srimaka has been sacked by the Thai FA, following the team’s failure to shine in the Asian Games men’s football event.Srimaka’s charges only finished in third place in Group B, behind Uzbekistan U-23 and Bangladesh U-23, and failed to advance to the knockout stage. They drew 1-1 against Qatar U-23, 1-1 against Bangladesh, before losing 1-0 to Uzbekistan. In comparison, neighbouring Southeast Asian countries Indonesia and Malaysia reached as far as the round of 16, while Vietnam have booked a spot in the semis. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In the 2014 edition, Thailand U-23, then led by legendary former Thailand international Kiatisuk Senamuang, reached fourth place in the tournament.The 46-year old’s sacking was confirmed by Thai FA president:”Srimakha paid me a visit on Friday, asking for a chance to improve, which I carefully considered. (But) after the freedom to work without any intervention that he had been given, without delivering proper results, there will be no further chances given to him.”He has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect, and I believe he’ll understand. We thank him and his staff for their hard work all these years,” he was quoted as saying.The former AFC Champions League and AFF Championship winner had first taken the rein in 2016, and in his first stint he led the team to the Dubai Cup title, the 2017 Southeast Asian Games gold medal, and the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship finals.He was replaced by Bulgarian coach Zoran Janković for the finals in early 2018, but was put in charge again for the Asiad.
Arsenal Iwobi ‘excited’ to play under Emery at Arsenal Chris Burton 15:51 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Arsenal Premier League The Nigeria international admits to being “surprised” by Arsene Wenger’s decision to walk away, but is looking forward to working under a new manager Alex Iwobi was “surprised” to see Arsene Wenger call time on a 22-year spell at Arsenal , but the Nigerian forward is now eager to link up with Unai Emery.The Gunners were stunned back in April when their long-serving manager revealed that he would be walking away at the end of the season.Various candidates were mooted as possible successors to the Frenchman, with former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery eventually taking over. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now All of those at Arsenal are now starting with a clean slate as a new era is welcomed in, with Iwobi among those hoping to make his mark and earn regular game time.The winger, who is preparing for World Cup 2018 duty, told the official matchday programme ahead of Nigeria’s 2-1 friendly defeat to England: “I was surprised by his [Wenger’s] decision.“[Wenger] has been there for me since I joined the club and has been very inspirational and influential on my career, but I am excited having our new manager next season.“It has always been my childhood dream [to play for Arsenal]. I have been playing for Arsenal since I was six.“The fact I am representing them now is like a dream come true. I am always proud to wear the Arsenal colours, and long may it continue.”Iwobi made a career-high 39 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions in 2017-18.He recorded three goals during those outings, with there a feeling that the 22-year-old is capable of offering more to the collective cause.He has shown with Nigeria what he is capable of, with another goal added to his international tally during the narrow defeat to England at Wembley Stadium.