The Football Association will no longer accept applications for the vacant post of Thailand team coach after Monday, with former Olympic Lyon coach Alain Perrin among the last to make a pitch to succeed Kiatisak Senamaung.
The search for a new coach to replace former national striker Kiatisak, who decided to step down last month from a post he had held since 2013, was high on the agenda at the FA board meeting on Thursday.
Thai FA spokesman Patis Supapong later said the application window would close the same day an unnamed trainer is due to meet FA president Somyot Poompanmuang.
“The application period will run till Monday after some of those interested had visa problems. We would like to give them a chance [to make a pitch].
“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 who will arrive tomorrow and another on Monday. Dunga (former Brazil coach) isn't on that list.
“By talking to them [applicants] in person, we will be able to assess their characters and how committed they are to the job. That’s something we will take into account when considering [who to choose].
“Once we close the application process on Monday we will come to a conclusion the next day. A few days after that we should be able to start drawing up a contract. Barring any incident, we should be able to make an announcement soon,” said Patis.
The final three applicants reportedly scheduled to meet FA boss Somyot are ex-Muangthong United manager Dragan Talajic, Brazilian trainer Marcos Paqueta and Frenchman Perrin, who made his name during a highly successful spell in charge of French club Lyon.